“”IS AMERICA ‘S END DRAWING NEAR?”

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TITLE: “IS AMERICA’S END DRAWING NEAR?”

TEXT:   JEREMIAH 1:1-4; 5:9; 8:20                       

 

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

SERMON OUTLINE:

Introduction:

I. A Nation Divided

II. A Nation in Decline

III. A Nation in Defiance

IV. A Nation in Depravity

V. A Nation in Derision

VI. A Nation in Denial

VII. A Nation Destroyed

VIII. Major Difference

Epilogue

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INTRODUCTION:

Jeremiah was Judah’s last prophet before going into Babylonian Captivity. He was called by the Lord to begin his ministry during the reign of Judah’s boy king, King Josiah. In we are given the record of Josiah’s reign. Josiah’s father (Amon) and grandfather (Manasseh) were evil men whose love for sin and wickedness led them to forsake the True God of Israel and attempt to re­place Him with false gods who accepted and even encouraged sin and wickedness in the lives of their followers. (That is the kind of god America has now…

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CONCLUSIONS FROM CALVARY

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TEXT:   LUKE 23:33-46

TITLE: CONCLUSIONS FROM CALVARY

 

 

INTRODUCTION:  

 

There was a time in America (in the not too distant past) that the Bible was viewed by most Americans as the Word of God and when it spoke, it spoke Absolute Truth. Oh, there were many that denied it and even more defied it, but America as a whole revered the Bible as the Word of God and believed the Bible was Absolute Truth on every subject on which it spoke, whether it be the subject of morals or salvation.

America no longer respects the Bible as the Authoritative Word of God and Absolute Truth. Satan has been just as successful at getting America to doubt, defy, and discard the Word of God in exchange for our Human Wisdom and Selfish Desires as he was with Eve in the Garden of Eden. [Genesis 3:1-6]

The Bible has been replaced by “Relativism”; (Webster) {“…any theory of ethics or knowledge which maintains that the basis of judgment is relative, differing according to events, persons, etc.”} It is Situation Ethics and Individual Rights and Feelings that has replaced, “THUS SAITH THE LORD”.

Probably nothing reveals that the Gospel Message has been either missing or muddled in our Pulpits as does Relativism. When we look at Calvary, nothing is more clear, than there has and always will be some Absolute Truths. There are several undeniable CONCLUSIONS FROM CALVARY. Let’s look at several of those CONCLUSIONS in this message.

 

I.  JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT ALL MEN ARE WICKED SINNERS [Luke 23:33]

“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors…” [Luke 23:33]

 The two malefactors that were crucified on either side of Christ were not the only criminals at Calvary that day; the Religious Leaders, the Leaders of Government, the Brave Soldiers, the Loving Mother, the Faithful Father, the Carefree Children, are the “THEY’s that crucified Jesus. THEY either orchestrated, approved, or voted with their voices for the only Sinless One to be horribly crucified.

It was not just the worst of mankind but also the best of mankind that crucified the Sinless, Son of God on that fateful day. We are all represented by someone who played a part in Jesus’ death that day. You see from Calvary that each of us are not better than we thought we were, but we are actually worse than we ever dreamed we were.

*”There is none righteous, no, not one.” [Romans 3:10] 

*“They are all gone out of the way…there is none that doeth good, no, not one [Romans 3:12]

*”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” [Romans 3:23]

That is certainly part of the Offense of the Cross, [Galatians 5:11] but it is the absolute truth.

ill. I once read as Billy Graham was making preparation for one of his city wide revivals, he sent the Mayor of the city a letter asking for the names of any that he was personally aware of that had a spiritual problem and needed help and his prayers. In response to the request the mayor mailed Billy Graham the cities Telephone Directory. The mayor understood the Bible and believed that when it said that ALL HAVE SINNED, that that was absolute, undeniable Truth.

When we come to Calvary we can leave with no other CONCLUSION than that which tells us that, even the best among us, even the most respected among us, even those who pride themselves in being good people, even believing themselves to be better than others; are wicked sinners in need of a Savior. THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE!

 

II. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT GOD JUDGES SINNERS  [Luke 23:35,40,41,45]

 

* “He saved others; let Him save Himself…” [Luke 23:35]

* “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me…” [Luke 23:44]

* “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we, indeed, justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds. But this man hath done nothing amiss.” [Luke 23:40,41]

* “He spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…” [Romans 8:32]

Many people take false comfort in foolishly believing that God is too good to judge sinners. What they really mean is that they believe that they are too good for God to judge, but no man can honestly look at Calvary without coming away with the CONCLUSION that; God Judges Sinners! If He spared not His Only Begotten, Sinless, Son, what hope is there for any other to be spared the fires of His judgment? NONE!!

 

III. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT THERE IS A H-E-L-L AWAITING EVERY SINNER WHO REJECTS CHRIST  [Luke 23:42,43]

 

* “And he said unto Jesus , Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” [Luke 23:42,43]

* ”…them…that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…”

[ 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9]

* “And in H-E-L-L he lifted up his eyes, being in torments…” [Luke 16:23]

In Luke’s account of the crucifixion we are told that the one thief who recognized that Jesus was really God shedding His innocent blood for his sins, and called upon Him for forgiveness and salvation, was promised that upon his death that he would be immediately in His presence with Him in paradise. In 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 we are told that those we refuse to obey the Gospel, (those who refuse to repent of their life of sin and turn in Faith to Jesus and trust Him and Him alone as their Lord and Savior, trusting in His Shed Blood for the atonement of their sins) will be separated from Christ in a place of punishment throughout all eternity. Luke would later tell us in Chapter 16 that that place is called H-E-L-L, and he reveals to us the awful punishment that the man was experiencing in that horrible place. It is interesting to compare the sufferings of Christ on the Cross with the sufferings we are shown the man in H-E-L-L was experiencing. These actual comparisons leave us with no other conclusion than the CONCLUSION that there is a real H-E-L-L awaiting those who die in their sins.

Look at the eerie similarities of the sufferings of Christ on the Cross and the sufferings of the actual man in H-E-L-L which Luke shows us.

A. Jesus Suffered the Agony of Separation From the Father as Did the Man In H-e-l-l [Matthew 27:46; Luke 16:26]

   * “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” [Matthew 27:46]

    * “…between us and you there is a great gulf fixed..” [Luke 16:26]

 

B. Jesus Suffered the Agony of H-e-l-l’s Unquenchable Thirst as He Died Upon the Cross, as Did the Man in H-e-l-l  [John 19:28; Luke 16:24]

* “…I thirst…” [John 19:28]

* “…dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” [John 19:28]

 

C. Jesus Suffered the Outer Darkness of H-e-l-l as He Died Upon the Cross, as Did the Man in H-e-l-l [Luke 23:44; Matthew 22:11-13]

* “…and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour” [Luke 23:44]

* “…Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness…” [Matthew 22:13]

 

D. Jesus Suffered the Agony of  H-e-l-l’s Horrible Company as He Died Upon the Cross, as Did the Man in H-e-l-l [Luke 23:33; Revelation 21:8; Isaiah 53:9,12]

* “…there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left” [Luke 23:33]

* “He was numbered with the transgressors” [Isaiah 53:12]

* “But the fearful, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone…” [Revelation 21:8]

 

On and on we could go with the eerie similarities of Christ’s sufferings upon Calvary with the sufferings of the man in H-E-L-L, but we have to come away with the undeniable CONCLUSION that Calvary proves there is a real H-E-L-L, and every sinner who rejects Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior will spend their eternity there, but no one need to go there, Jesus took our punishment upon Himself at Calvary. “I owed a debt I could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe.”

 

IV. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US GOD’S UNDENIABLE LOVE FOR EVERY PERSON, REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE  [Luke 23:34,43; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Isaiah 53:7]

* “Then said Jesus, Father forgive them…” [Luke 23:34]

* “…Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” [Luke 23:43]

* “But God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:8]

* “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]

 

Salvation is exclusively for those who are believers in Jesus, but it is also all inclusive; whosoever means just that, whosever. Jesus forgave and saved the thief who asked for His forgiveness, and His prayer to the Father showed that He was willing to forgive all who had put Him upon the cold, cruel Cross.

It is His Holiness that demands sins judgment, it is His great love that demanded and provided a Substitute, so that whosoever will, may be saved. No one can look at Calvary and come away with anything but the CONCLUSION that God Loves them, no mater who they are or what they may have done.

 

V.  JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT EVERY SINNER CAN BE SAVED IF THEY WANT TO BE [Luke 23:33,43; 2Peter 3:9]

* “…one on the right hand and the other on the left.” [Luke 23:24]

* “..Today thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” [Luke 23:43]

* “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” [2Peter 3:9]

Two sinners died beside the Lord the day that He gave up His life at Calvary. Jesus was in the center, giving both of them equal access to listen to His prayer to the Father for the forgiveness and delayed judgment upon His crucifiers; both had equal access to the Gospel Tract that hung above His head; both had equal access and opportunity to call upon the Lord for salvation; one choose to do so and one did not, but if he had chosen to do so he would no doubt have found the same saving grace as did his partner in crime had.

When we look at Calvary we have to come to the CONCLUSION that every sinner can be saved if they are willing to repent and call upon Jesus, as did the one thief. All who go to H-E-L-L do so of their own volition and against the will of God, there is no other CONCLUSION we can come to.

 

VI. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT GOD HAS ONLY ONE WAY OF SALVATION FOR ALL MEN [Luke 23:35; Romans 5:8; 6:23; Acts 4:12]

* “He saved others; let Him save Himself…” [Luke 23:35]

* “For the wages of sin is death…” [Romans 6:23]

* “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby, we must be saved. [Acts 4:12]

* “Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, and THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” [John 14:6]

Not only must all men be saved, not only can all men be saved, but as we look at Calvary we have to come to the CONCLUSION that regardless of what the rebels or the religious say; ALL MEN MUST BE SAVED THE SAME WAY, and that way is Jesus and Jesus alone.

 

VII. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT ABSENT FROM THE BODY PRESENT WITH THE LORD [Luke 23:43; 2Corinthians 5:8]

* “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me…” [Luke 23:43]

* “…absent from the body, present with the Lord.” [2Corinthians 5:8]

 

Jesus gives the same promise to  every child of God that he gave to the repentant thief; the moment you die you will find yourself face to face with Jesus in Heaven.

When we look at Calvary we have to come to the CONCLUSION, that if we would die before the Rapture, at that very moment we will not find ourselves asleep in the grave or in purgatory, but face to face with our Savior in His Heaven.

For a Christian there is only two places they can be; in his body or in the presence of the Lord. What a comfort to the thief that promise of Jesus must have given him in his hour of death, what comfort that must of given his loved ones who had to give him up on that fateful day.

 

VIII. JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION REVEALS TO US THAT TODAY IS THE ONLY SURE TIME YOU HAVE TO BE SAVED [Luke 23:43; 2Corinthians 6:2]

*  “…Today…” [Luke 23:43]

* “For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.” [2 Corinthians 6:2]

* “Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart…” [Hebrews 3:7,8]

* “He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” [Proverbs 29:1]

* “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” [Proverbs 27:1]

* “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow (next day). For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” [James 4:14]

Many people have used the dying thief that was saved, as an excuse for putting their salvation off until the end of their life as he did. The only thing those kind of people fail to realize is, that his last opportunity to be saved was also his first opportunity to be saved that we know about. The first time may be the last time, the Lord is not duty bound to speak to you about your salvation over one time if you willfully reject Him. If the Lord is so gracious to speak to you another time, that next time may also be your last time as well. Because salvation is all of grace, no man can afford to presume upon God’s Grace.

These verses and hundreds of others reveal to us that it is dangerous to put off ones salvation to another day, even one more day. We see that death could catch you unaware and unprepared at any moment. You could so harden your hearts by one more rejection that you could no longer hear His voice calling you to salvation. You could so offend the Lord by one more willful rejection of His salvation, that you could very well Sin Away Your Day of Grace, leaving you without any hope of the Lord ever speaking to you about your salvation again. You could also miss the imminent Rapture, left behind without any hope of ever being saved.

As we look at Calvary we have to come to the CONCLUSION that TODAY is the only sure time anyone has for being saved. We cannot conclude that there will be another opportunity. That is false and foolish hope. Millions upon millions hoping to be saved tomorrow have awakened in H-e-l-l, only to realize it was eternity.

 

CONCLUSION:

For any of you who may read this message that have never repented of your life of sin and unbelief in Jesus and turned to Jesus for salvation, I want to lovingly warn you not to be deceived by the Relativism and Unbelief of our day. Calvary shows us that there are some CONCLUSIONS we must come to. I have shared them with you in this message and if you would take them to heart and in this moment turn to Jesus and Him alone for salvation, I can assure you upon the authority of God’s Word, that you, as the dying thief at Calvary, will be saved a that very moment and just as sure for heaven as if you had been there for ten thousand years already.

Let me also warn you not to procrastinate or look to another for salvation. We must Conclude from Calvary that all who are so foolish, will just as surely end up in an eternal h-e-l-l, without Christ and without any hope of ever being saved. All Hope for you will be gone.

 

 

H-E-L-L !  THE PRISON HOUSE OF DESPAIR

H-E-L-L! The prison house of despair,

Here are some things that won’t be there;

No flowers will bloom on the banks of H-E-L-L ,

No beauties of nature we love so well;

No comforts of home, music and song,

No friendship of joy will be found in that throng;

No children to brighten the long, weary night,

No love nor peace nor one ray of light;

No blood-washed soul with face beaming bright,

No loving smile in that region of night;

No mercy, no pity, pardon nor grace,

No water; O God, what a terrible place!

The pangs of the lost no human can tell,

Not one moment’s ease – there is no rest in H-E-L-L !!

  H-E-L-L! The prison house of despair,

Here are some things that will be there;

Fire and Brimstone are there, we know,

For God in His Word hath told us so;

Memory, remorse, suffering and pain

Weeping and wailing, but all in vain;

Blasphemers, swearers, haters of God,

Christ-rejecters while here on earth trod,

Murderers, gamblers, drunkards and liars,

Will have their part in the lake of fire;

The filthy, the vile, the cruel and mean,

Yes, more than humans on earth can tell,

Are torments and woes of eternal H-E-L-L!

 

~Jack Woodard

1Corinthians 2:4; 2Corinthians 4:5

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UNDERSTANDING REAL SAVING FAITH – A MESSAGE TO TODAY’S EVANGELICALS

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TEXT:   EPHESIANS 2:8-10

TITLE: UNDERSTANDING REAL SAVING FAITH

INTRODUCTION:

If there is one word that could accurately describe the average American’s understanding of the Christian Faith, it would have to be either IGNORANCE or CONFUSION. The Church is as ignorant and confused as the world around them. Relativism and Pluralism has engulfed the land and left us in a state of confusion.

There is confusion in the areas of:

1. Becoming a Christian

The views on how one really becomes a Christian ranges from, being good, being baptized, being a member of a particular Church, to just being willing to call yourself a Christian. Confusion abounds and true converts are becoming more rare.

2. Believing as a Christian

It is alarming to see the increasing numbers of people who call themselves a Christian which do not believe in Absolute Truth. To believe in the Authority of the Word of God and the fact that there are Fundamentals of the Faith one must believe and hold to, to be able to truly be a Christian, is seen as folly and fool hearted.

3. Behaving as a Christian

We not only live in a day where a man can call himself a Christian and Believe anything he chooses, but we also live in a day where you can call yourself a Christian and Behave any way you want to as well. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power if it…”[2 Timothy 3:5] describes us perfectly. We say we are Christians, but do not believe in Repentance and the Life Changing power of the Gospel.

4. Benefiting from being a Christian

Again many are so confused that they see no Benefit in being a Christian, either in this life or the life hereafter. Jesus is someone of little relevance to their lives or eternity.

Most of our confusion stems from the fact that we are confused on what the Bible means when it says that:

“ For by grace are ye saved through faith…” [Ephesians 2:8]  What does the Bible mean when it says that we are saved through faith? What does Saving Faith really look like?  Let’s let the Bible help us to understand what it means by “Saving Faith.” Let me give you a Biblical explanation of Saving Faith by using five words that fully explain Saving Faith to us. Let each examine their Faith to see if it is really Saving Faith.

I. THE ORIGIN of SAVING FAITH [Ephesians 2:8; John 16:7-11]

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” [Ephesians 2:8]

Does this Scripture say that Salvation is a gift of God or is Saving Faith the Gift of God? It has to be both. If Salvation is a gift of God then everything pertaining to it must also be a gift. Therefore, if anyone is truly saved it all originated with God. “Salvation is of the Lord.” [Jonah 2:9]

Let me explain. John 16: 7-11 tells us that a sinner’s first encounter with the Lord is when the Holy Spirit, in a sovereign act, begins to awaken the spiritually dead and blind sinner to the fact that they are a condemned sinner and that Jesus and His shed blood on Calvary is the only thing that can keep you out of H-E-L-L.

I recall my salvation; one day I had no thoughts of my soul, my salvation, my eternity, or the Lord Jesus. Then like a sudden and mysterious wind, the Holy Spirit began to move upon me in conviction. It was He that CONVINCED me that I was a H-E-L-L bound sinner and Jesus was my only hope. The Holy Spirit made a believer out of me and if you have every been truly saved you too have to say that your Faith in Jesus ORIGINATED from the Lord Himself.

II. THE ORGAN  of SAVING FAITH [Romans 10:10; James 2:19]

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” [Romans 10:10]

An ORGAN is a part of a body that has a specific function. I use the term here to speak metaphorically of the spiritual heart of a man that Romans 10:10 speaks of. All of us know what it is to just give a mental assent to a belief, without being sincere about it. Many come to the wedding altar and say “I DO”, but in their heart of hearts they really do not mean it, they are not sincere about the commitment  that they gave mental assent and lip service to.

We find Jesus encountering such people in John 2:23-25. We are told that; “…many believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles which He did.” [John 2:23] They knew by His miracles that He was the Messiah, God in flesh, but in verse 24 we read of the strange response Jesus gave to their belief. It says; “But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men.” [John 2”24] The reason Jesus did not make a commitment to them was because as God, He could see their Hearts, and He saw that they were not sincere. Sure they believed about Him, but not in Him.

These are the people who make a profession of faith and later on fall away, claiming it never worked for them. Their problem was that they never truly believed in Jesus from their heart, they never were sincere. They really never believed in Jesus. Saving Faith must be from the heart. Believing about Jesus is not enough, Saving Faith believes in Jesus. Did you really mean it when you confessed Christ? Were you sincere? If you were, you can be assured Jesus honored His Word and your faith in Him. If you did not really mean it, you can be sure that Jesus did not save you.

III. THE OBJECT of SAVING FAITH [John 3:16,18.36; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Ephesians 2:10]

The Object of Saving Faith is as important and inseparable for real salvation as is the Origin and Organ of Salvation. Many sincere people have believed with all their heart, but their problem is that they have sincerely believed in the wrong object. The Object of their Faith has been wrong; they have a misplaced faith. Many have trusted in their Baptism, their Church Affiliation, their Religious Rituals they faithfully observe, their good lifestyle and works, etc. Proverbs 16:25 tells us that; “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.” Jesus called these many ways the “…broad…way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in that way.” [Matthew 7:14]

The verses I have listed, along with many others tell us plainly the JESUS and JESUS ALONE is the ONLY WAY of SALVATION. If you are trusting in anyone, in anything, or in Jesus plus anything else, you do not have Saving Faith.

May I also warn you not to be deceived by others into believing that ALLAH is the same God as the Christian God, but with a different name. That is Blasphemy, that is Heresy, that is a LIE. We are “…created in Christ Jesus…” [Ephesians 2:10] not Allah. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]

Acts 4:12 makes it clear that we all must be saved and that we all must be saved the same way and Jesus is the only way for all men.

IV. THE OUTCOME of SAVING FAITH [Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17]

Real Saving Faith in Jesus unleashes the Power of God in a person’s life. As the Lord tells us: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. [2 Corinthians 5:17]

Whom the Lord chooses, He changes. We live in the day where it is popular to “Have a form a godliness,but denying the power of it…” [2 Timothy 3:5], but as someone has rightly said; “If your religion has not changed you, you need to change your religion.”

When Jesus saves a man He does not patch him up, He makes him a new man from the inside out. What he used to love he now loathes and vice-versa.  Too many Church members have walked the aisle, shook the preachers hand, went under the baptismal waters, and came up the same old sinner. They drink their same beer as before, they go to the same places as before, they curse just like before, they run with the same crowd as before, the fact is, that they are the same as before. They have never been Born Again. 

I have noticed that every time that the Salvation experience is spoken of in the New Testament that is is described in drastic terms. From death into life; from darkness into light; a new creation, and born again, for a few examples. These describe salvation as having a dramatic Outcome on a man. A drunk finds sobriety, the immoral begin to live a pure life, the bound find freedom, the mean man becomes as gentle as a little lamb. Was that the Outcome of your faith? If not, it was not Saving Faith.

V. THE ONGOING of SAVING FAITH [Romans 1:17; 8:29; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 3:14]

If the Bible makes anything clear, it makes it clear that Saving Faith is not a ONE TIME ACT, nor a SHORT TIME ACT, nor a PART TIME ACT, but a LIFETIME ACT. It is the way of life for the true believer. The Church Rolls are full of members who walked the aisle and were baptized, but now they either rarely attend and serve the Lord, or they have dropped out all together, or they never returned after they were baptized. What is to be said of such people? If we say what the Bible says, we have to say that whatever faith they had, it was not Saving Faith. Faith is a way of life for the true believer, our end has been predetermined from the beginning and the Lord does not stop what He starts until He has finished it. There will be many times in every Christians life where their Faith may seem to be all but lost, but just at that moment the Lord will re-ignite your Faith in Him and you are back in the race again. (1 Peter 1:5) Has your Faith been an ONGOING FAITH? If not, it was not Genuine Saving Faith from the beginning.

CONCLUSION:

I believe that many Church Members would have to admit that the Faith I have just described does not describe many of their fellow members. If that is the case, then I must tell you that many of your fellow members are not saved, and if that does not describe you, the Lord has commanded me to tell you that you too are still lost and in your sins, headed for an eternity in the “Lake of Fire burning with brimstone…” [Revelation 19:20] in which you “…shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. [Revelation 20:10]

It is not too late to come to Jesus with all of your heart and trust Him and Him alone to save you. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and sup with him, and he with Me.” [Revelation 3:20]

Today, if you hear Jesus knocking at your heart’s door, if you will open it and invite Him in, He promises to come in and save you at that very moment.

~Jack Woodard

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THE SIN WE COMMIT and THE SIN WE TOLERATE IS TRANSGRESSION AGAINST OUR LAND

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THE SIN WE COMMIT and THE SIN WE TOLERATE IS TRANSGRESSION AGAINST OUR LAND

[LEVITICUS 18:22-28; Psalms 10:16; Numbers 35:33, 34 ; Deuteronomy 5:33]

Sin is not only Transgression against the Law [1John 3:4] and the Lord [Psalms 51:4], but also against our Land [Leviticus 18:1-5;22-28]. The Lord had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land filled with pollution and practices of the vile, perverted pagans who had inhabited the land. The Lord told His people to destroy these pagans and to rid the land of the pagans and their practices, and for the most part they did so. When they had conquered and settled the land they had a wonderful and pure place to live and to raise their children, free from filth and vice. The Lord had ordered them not to disobey His Word and Sin, because in doing so they would once again pollute and defile their land. Sadly, they did not heed the Lord’s warning, and in later years the land once again became a cesspool of iniquity. They had sinned against the land as had the pagans that had inhabited the land before them. This sin would cause the Lord to shut up the heavens and cut off the former and latter rains, creating droughts and barren land where there had once been green pastures and bountiful crops. This sin would bring disease and plagues where there once had been health and longevity of life. This sin would bring war and the land would be forced to drink the blood of its people as well as it foreign foes. They had sinned against their land.

When a people Sin, they Sin against their Land. We bring poverty where there has been plenty. We bring natural disasters where there had once been the smile of heaven. We bring war and blood where there had once been peace and prosperity. We bring disease where there had once been health, we fill our cities and streets with crime and vice in the place of wholesome and peaceful neighborhoods. We transgress against our land.

This is what has happened to our Land. I grew up in an America that is nothing like the America we have today. AIDS was never heard of. Terrorist Attacks on our mainland was thought to be impossible. Wars were always fought on foreign soil, not upon ours. Our women and children could walk our streets at night without fear of being mugged or maimed. We were a Nation that offered the American Dream for all who would apply themselves. We were the land of opportunity and plenty, but that day has long since passed us by.

Now our children are inheriting an American Nightmare. They are growing up in a land where they are not even safe in their own homes. They never know when some drug crazed addict will attack or kill them for the money in their pockets to get another fix. They have to fear catching a deadly STD, they have to fear for their lives when they go to school. They never know if they are going to be a victim of a terrorist attack in our own cities. They cannot even turn on the television without being exposed to filth and vulgarity. They cannot take a drive on our highways without having to worry about the dozens of drunk drivers they will meet on the road. They now have a land of poverty and debt. They now have a national debt that has increased from 200 Billion in 1984 to 14 Trillion in 2011.  We have sinned against our land and are now living in the midst of a moral cesspool, streets that look more like a jungle after dark than civilization.

Much of this has happened as a result of the “Church’s Contamination.” We have become defiled by sin and are no longer the Salt and Light to our nation. If the Church is ever to have True Revival and regain our influence and moral authority within our nation, we must first become more concerned with the Sin that is WITHIN US than the SIN that is AROUND US!!

Much of this has also happened as the result of the “Church’s Toleration.” We have not only been guilty of sin within us, but we have also been too accepting of allowing sin around us. We don’t go to the polls to vote against gambling, alcohol, lottery, or any other vice. We have had a SO WHAT attitude towards sin for so long, that sin has become like a Cancer that has went unchecked and spread through our land, putting us at death’s door. “Woe to Them That Are At Ease in Zion.” [Amos 6:1]

When we do go to the polls we often shut our eyes to a candidate’s godless lives and beliefs if he promises to make us more prosperous. These same politicians have gone to Washington and have passed evil decrees, calling evil good and good evil. They legalize homosexuality and Gay Marriage, they promote gambling for the money it brings them, using the Prostitute’s excuse for doing so; “I DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I NEED THE MONEY.”

Christians must see that to be tolerant of sin is defiling and destroying our land. [1 Corinthians 5:6] “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” For me, the Homosexual does not have the RIGHT to Marry, to Adopt Children, to Teach Our Kids, To Hold Our Offices. The Abortionist does not have the right to soil the land with the blood of millions of innocent babies, this defiles the land where I live; it defiles the land for which I went to War as a youth, to protect our way of life for future generations. It defiles and destroys the land my kids and grand-kids and yours, will have to grow up in. They have no more right to do that with their SIN and evil than they would to make their front yard a junk yard if they were my next door neighbor. In America it is against the Law for anyone to make an eyesore of our highways by throwing their trash along the side of the road. We call that Littering and a Crime. In God’s eyes it is even more criminal to Litter our Nation with the Immoral Trash and filth that is being tossed out upon our land day in and day out. We have made our Nation in which we live a garbage dump of evil, it has become an eyesore to our God, a stench in His nostrils, and cause for His Judgment and disfavor. We need to clean up our Nation and that Clean Up must begin in the House of God. [1 Peter 4:17] “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” [2Chronicles 7:14] “If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” [Proverbs 14:34] “Righteousness exalteth a Nation, but SIN is a reproach to any people.”

~JACK WOODARD

1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5

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THE SEDUCTION of AMERICA

Apple and Adam and Eve

TEXT: GENESIS 3:1,6

TITLE: THE SEDUCTION of AMERICA

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said…? …she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and Gave also unto Her Husband with her; and he did eat.” [Genesis 3:1,6]

In Genesis 3:1,6 we see Eve being seduced by the old Serpent, she then quickly becomes the seducer, and that of her own husband, her own loved one. That is always the evidence that Satan has been successful in destroying one’s faith in the Goodness of God and the Authority of His Word; you swallow his lie and in return you try to feed the same lie to others, even your very own people and loved ones. The seduced, like Eve, joins the Devil’s team and now carries the ball for him, becoming his seducer of others. It then is no longer Satan we have to be concerned about, but our very own people.

This may be the greatest evidence of Satan’s successful seduction of America and our complete falling away from the Lord and our Christian roots. In the 1950’s, at the height of anti-Communist fervor, Congress added the words ”under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. It was an attempt from our leaders to link patriotism with religious piety and to distinguish us from the godless Soviets. We understood we were in a battle against the Communist threat to destroy America’s world wide influence, America’s exceptionalism and to eventually conquer us and replace our Christian Faith and Religious Liberty (that had made us the greatest Nation on earth, as well as having given us a lifestyle that was the envy of the world) with their godless atheism and it’s inhumane and evil policies.

Today, the war against the Christian Faith and Religious Liberties in America, as well as the attempt to spread evil and atheism around the world is no longer coming from the godless and evil forces from without, but from those same forces within us. It is no longer the Communists in the Soviet Union, but our own School Teachers, our own College Professors, our own Politicians, our own News Media, our own Entertainment Industry, our own Government, our own Parents, our own Institutions, our own Preachers and Churches that are attempting to destroy our Nation’s Religious Faith and Liberties. It is our own Government that is promoting and exporting evil around the world. Our own Government is pressuring other nations into embracing Homosexuality, it is our own Government that is promoting Abortion around the world. It is our own Government that is at war against the Christian Faith and the Religious Liberties of it’s own people. Like the seduced Eve became the seducer of her own husband, her own loved one, her own people, so has America now become the seducer of her own and the exporter of Satan’s Lies around the world. We no longer need to worry about the devil, we have become the evil one. We see an example of this in the lives of those who were educated in our schools since the Bible and Prayer were removed. They are now the very people that are fighting to rid the rest of our society of the Bible and Prayer. The Seduced have become the Seducers. The America that was once Satan’s greatest opposition may now be, in many ways, his greatest supporter and servant.

Adam and Eve were cursed of God and banished from Paradise for allowing themselves to be seduced and becoming the seducer. The same is soon to be America’s fate. The Lord will not tolerate a nation to forsake Him without experiencing his Judgment. “The wicked shall be turned into @#!*% , and ALL the NATIONS that forget God.” [PSALMS 9:17] The Lord will not allow us to become the instrument of Satan and His foe without cursing us. The Lord will no longer continue to allow us to enjoy the paradise America has always been, it too will soon become a Paradise Lost.

Adam and Eve attempted to appease God and maintain His favor by covering their shame and sin with the fig leaves of religion, but God clearly rejected their religion of works as an atonement for their sin. America, in our desperation will soon begin to show signs of turning to religion in our feeble and futile attempt to curry God’s favor, but we will discover as did Adam and Eve, that all such attempts will fail and be rejected by the Lord. It will only succeed in further offending a Holy God even more than we have already. Our survival depends upon us recognizing, that as the Lord taught Adam and Eve and as the song writer said; “What can wash away my sins; Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” The Gospel is the only Power that can save us. [Romans 1:16] The Gospel is the only Message that shows us how we must be reconciled to God, it is the only Message telling us how to become the recipients of the Grace of God. It is the only Message of Hope for America. We need a Revival of Gospel Preaching in America’s Churches and America’s Pulpits. Away with the Prosperity Gospel that has made us spiritual paupers; away with the Health Gospel that has made us into the most anemic and morally sick generation of Christians America has every seen; away with the Gospel of Positive Thinking, that has created the most Negative circumstances our Churches and America has ever faced; away with timid preachers that white wash and condone the evils among them. The most pitiful sight in the whole of the world must be to see a bold sinner sitting in a Church pew with a timid preacher standing in the pulpit, too fearful to rebuke him or her for their evil.

For America to Survive we must see a Revival within the Church in America, for America’s Church to have Revival it’s Preachers must once again become Bold Prophets of the Lord, condemning sin wherever it is found, calling the Lord’s people to Repentance and un-apologetic PREACHERS of the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ. [1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Galatians 1:6-9]

~Jack Woodard

1Cor.2:2; 2Cor.4:5

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"TIP TOEING PREACHERS"

 

420363_3123837142420_1459356882_3986886_1773475824_n“TIP TOEING PREACHERS”

When I was a youth and still lived at home, I would at times stay out later than I was supposed to. On those occasions, when I got home I would always try to Tip Toe when I got into the house so that I would not awake or arouse anyone.


It seems to me in the days we are living that many of our Preachers sneak in the Pulpit, like they are doing something wrong and then Tip Toe around every issue, hoping not to arouse or awake anyone, fearful if they do they will be in trouble. We live in a day that our Preachers would do well to heed the Lord’s admonition to the Prophet Isaiah that we find in [ISAIAH 58:1] “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”
There will be no Great Awakening in America, that our Nation so desperately needs, as long as our preachers are Tip Toeing in the Pulpit.
Lord, enough with these Tip Toeing Puppets, give us some Thundering Prophets to awaken your people and save our Nation from your soon coming wrath.


~Jack Woodard
1Cor.2:2 / 2Cor.4:5
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THE REASONS MANY CHOOSE TO BE A DEMOCRAT

BringingAmericaBack

“It is clearly evident to all who have eyes to see, that if the following list of people choose to have a political persuasion they almost always choose the Democrat Party.


#1. The Irreligious – Those who find it foolish or too restraining for them to adhere to any core religious and moral beliefs, and who at best are indifferent to people of Faith and at worse, people who are hostile towards religion and people of Faith, find a comfortable home in the Democratic Party.
#2. The Irresponsible – Those who feel no shame in living off the labors of others, nor have any qualms for being a non-contributing member of society, feel right at home in the Democrat Party.
#3. The Immoral – Those who have chosen to live a life of sin, sex, perversion, drinking and carousing, want affiliations who will condone and even promote their godless lifestyle while making them feel comfortable in their Immoral lifestyle. They do not find such acceptance and support in the Republican Party, but the Democratic Party is more than eager to do so for their votes, so again, they find themselves right at home in the Democrat Party.
#4. The Ignorant – I am willing to accept that many Democrats are just Ignorant. Ronald Reagan once said that: “Democrats are not ignorant, they just believe so many things that are not so.” That is a kind way of saying it without saying it. Many in the party are not informed, brainwashed by Liberalism, or uninterested in really taking the time to look at the eventual consequences of the corrupt policies of their Party. Many also still fail to see that the Democrat Party of years ago is not the same Party they have today. They have a blind loyalty to the party of their Fathers, and find it easier to stay than to go.
Conclusion:
There is one thing that is certain, and that is, if the Church and America ever experiences a genuine, heaven-sent Revival, their will be radical change in the hearts, minds, and actions of our people. The Irreligious will become Religious ( and I use that term to mean a personal and committed relationship with Jesus, not an empty form of religion), the Irresponsible will become Responsible, the Immoral will become Moral, the Ignorant will experience an Opening of their Eyes to the Truth.
Another thing is for certain, and that is, if Genuine Revival comes to America the Democrat Party would change or the majority of Democrats would change Party, they would no longer feel comfortable and at home in such an immoral swamp.
Why wait, do it now while you can still save the soul of America and pass on to your children and grandchildren the same Nation you inherited from your parents.


~Jack Woodard
1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:5
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FOR MANY THE CHURCH HAS BECOME THEIR CAVE – Jeremiah 7:8-11; Matthew 21:13; 1Kings 18:3,4; Genesis 23:17-20

TEXT: Jeremiah 7:8-11; Matthew 21:13; 1Kings 18:3,4; Genesis 23:17-20        Cavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

A few days ago the Holy Spirit began to direct my thoughts towards the story of the mighty Prophet Elijah. I thought about his boldness and courage in comparison to the remaining 7,000 Prophets and Layman that were either Silent Saints or Cowardly Prophets hiding for their lives in the Caves that were in the land. The pagan Queen Jezebel was on a crusade to install her false religion as the religion in the land of Israel, and the only thing that stood in her way were the True Prophets of the True God of Israel. It then became her life mission to exterminate every True Prophet of Jehovah. Obadiah, the governor of King Ahab’s house and a God Fearing Jew [1 Kings 18:3,4], secretly took 100 of the Lord’s Prophets and hid them in two caves, 50 to a cave.

As I thought about these Prophets in Caves as Elijah stood publicly and boldly for the Lord in the face of death, I thought about two other mentions of dens and caves in the Bible and it seemed as the Lord showed me the similarity of these events to today’s Church in America. Let me look at three mentions of Dens and Caves in the Scripture and make the Comparison to today’s Church.

I. A CAVE WAS A PLACE FOR CRIMINALS [Jeremiah 7:8-11; Matthew 21:13]  

In Jeremiah’s day as in Jesus’ day, the Lord rebuked those whom called themselves by His Name for making His House a “Den of Thieves”. Thieves commit their crimes and then retreat to a Den for a safe place to hide from their crimes. The Lord’s people lived like the devil and then retreated to the House of God to hide from their sins and look respectable. Today, the safest place to hide your sins and to look respectable has become the local Church. The average Church member lives as lawless, as worldly and as godless as the man who does not profess to being a Christian, and then has the audacity to come to Church on Sunday Morning and sing the songs of Zion, hold a position, preach a sermon, and give an offering, just as if they were the most dedicated Saint in Church. The Lord, through the Prophet Jeremiah warned His people that He would rather totally destroy such so-called Houses of God than to allow such to continue to offend Him and be an offense to His Holy Name. They were called to remember how the Lord had destroyed their place of worship that had once stood in the city of Shiloh, for turning it into a den of thieves. [Jeremiah 7:12]

The Church in America is showing every evidence of being abandoned by the Lord because of our evils and hypocrisy. Many a Church in America is filled with Criminals on Sunday Morning, but absent is the Presence of the Lord. The stench of death is on many who pretend to be the Lord’s House. The Church has become a CAVE FOR CRIMINALS!

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II. A CAVE WAS A PLACE FOR COWARDS [1 Kings 18:3,4]

As the Prophets of God hid in caves to save their lives from trials, persecution, and even death, so do so many Preachers and Pastors today. Their Church has become a safe place to preach to the choir, to be well paid and cared for, to be shielded from the attacks of those who are trying to eliminate the worship of the True God from our Nation. Their Church has become a place to pretend that they are true to the Lord, while in their heart they know that they are being Cowards, refusing to speak out about the great hot button issues of our day. They never preach a controversial sermon, they never take a bold stand for the Lord on controversial issues, yet they preach their little series of “How to be Successful and Happy” messages week in and week out, never truly impacting our culture for Christ. The Church has become a CAVE FOR COWARDS!

 

III. A CAVE WAS A PLACE FOR CORPSES [GENESIS 23:17-20]

In Genesis 23:17-20 we read of Abraham buying a field in which there was a cave so that he might have a place to bury his recently deceased wife, Sarah. A cave was often used as places were the living buried the corpse of their deceased loved ones.

In the Webster dictionary the word CORPSE is defined as: (“a dead body of a person; something once vigorous but now lifeless and of no use.”) It makes me blush to say this, but that is a perfect definition of so many Churches in America today. Like the Church of Sardis [Revelation 3:1] “…thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.”] Most Denominations and Churches are HAS BEENS, at one time they were alive and vigorous, but now are lifeless and of no use to the Lord. They are living on their past reputation, but in a few short years no one will ever remember that this generation of Christians ever existed. I am afraid that the main cause for so many dead Churches is that as the Apostle Paul predicted, we have come to that day that: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it…” [2 Timothy 3:5] The Apostate Church has abandoned the preaching of the Gospel and the the exclusivity of Salvation in Jesus alone, and in doing so we have filled our Church rolls with Baptized, but Unregenerate Pagans who have a religion of externals and formalism, without a personal relationship with Jesus. The Church has become a CAVE FOR CORPSES!

 

CONCLUSION:

The Church must awake from our sleep and see everything is not alright with us, as a matter of fact we are in worse shape that we ever imagined. We are in a CRISIS, and we must have a REVIVAL, when no longer is the Church a CAVE for CRIMINALS, but a place were we are worshiping the Lord in Spirit and Truth. A Church that is no longer a CAVE for COWARDS to hide from the opposition, but a Bully Pulpit from which our Preachers become a Prophetic Voice, speaking a THUS SAITH THE LORD on every issue of our day. A Church that is no longer a CAVE for CORPSES, but a place where the Gospel is Boldly and Proudly Proclaimed and REPENTANCE TOWARDS GOD and FAITH IN CHRIST is DEMANDED, a place where it is the Home for only the BORN AGAIN.

May the Lord Make It So!!

~Jack Woodard

1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:5

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LOVE YOUR CHURCH and GIVE YOURSELF FOR IT

TEXT: EPHESIANS 5:25

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Introduction:

Let me suggest three things every member ought to do for their church.

1. GO TO IT BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE ELSE
   [Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 14:23]

Many Church members are going everywhere but to Church. Trips, ball games, and Grandma’s house must be the places we go and take our kids AFTER we have gone to Church, not places we go INSTEAD of going to Church.

11. GIVE TO IT BEFORE YOU GIVE ANYWHERE ELSE
   [Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10; 1Corinthians 16:2]

The Tithe is the Lord’s and it is the First 10% that is to be given to your Local Church. Before you give to your Debtors or your Pleasures you are duty bound and Scripture bound to give to your Church first.

111. GROW IT BEFORE YOU GROW ANYTHING ELSE
      [MATTHEW 6:33]

Every Church member has the responsibility of advancing their local Church both spiritually and numerically. That means you must be faithful in your attendance, you’re giving, you’re serving in the areas of your Church for which the Lord has gifted you, and in reaching the Lost for Christ.

Too many of members in the young and middle adult years of their lives ignore the welfare of their Church to pursue the Growth of their families, careers, portfolios, business or a dozen other interests. [Matthew 6:33] orders us to “…seek First the Kingdom of God…” with the promise that if we do so the Lord will then take care of all your interests for you. If we will take care of His business first then He will take care of our every need. When you think about it, you couldn’t get a better deal than that anywhere else or by doing anything else. Put Christ and His Church and its work first in your life and everything else will fall into place. When you button up a shirt if you get the first button out of place the rest of them will be out of place as well. If you get the first button buttoned right the rest will be right also. That is the way it is in life, if you put Jesus and His Church first in your life and the life of your family then the rest of your life will fall into place, but if you do not then the rest of your life will be out of place as well.

Jack Woodard

1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5

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SIN–WHAT GOD SAYS VERSUS WHAT SATAN SAYS!

 

TEXT: GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:1-1

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After the Lord commanded Adam and Eve Not to Eat of the Tree Of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, and warned of the dire consequences if they choose to disobey His Word,[Genesis 2:15, 16] Satan struts into the Garden and deceives Eve into believing that God is all talk, it really doesn’t matter whether you take Him and His Word serious or not. He’s bluffing. He just wants to be God. He just wants to be a dictator. Break loose and do your own thing, don’t take the Lord seriously, don’t worry about Him. Satan said that there will be no price to pay for disobedience, so there is no need to deny yourself, go ahead and partake of all that the world has to offer you, you only go around once, so eat, drink and be merry.

The first lie Satan got man to believe was that, each of us have the right to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. We don’t need to worry about the Lord and His Word and deny ourselves what we would like to do, or have, or be, for fear of His threats of judgment for refusal to submit and be obedient to Him. There is nothing that is Sin if you believe it’s alright for you, and there will be no judgment for refusing to live by the Lord’s will. Multitudes of Eve’s sons and daughters have swallowed that same lie from then to this very day.

One of the darkest periods in the history of the Nation of Israel was during the time of the Judges. We read that; “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” [JUDGES 21:25] They too had rejected the Authority of the Lord and His Word over their life, and choose to be their own decider of what was right and wrong. A decision that led to their demise as God had warned.

Satan has done a masterful job in *eliminating SIN from our belief system. Someone has rightfully said that in America today the only thing that is considered to be sin any longer is to CALL SIN, SIN. The word SIN is *not even a part of our vocabulary any longer. You very seldom hear the word used, even in the Pulpits in America.

The world today no longer believes that the Word of God is to be taken seriously. There is no such thing as “Absolute Truth”, Truth is Relative, if we believe it to be alright for us, then it is alright, and no one has any business judging us, and the thought of God judging us for our Self-Willed life is ridiculous. That is the Big Lie that Satan deceived Eve into embracing which led to her fall. That has been the cause for the fall of our great Nation from her once glorious state to the decline we are now in.

That is what Satan says about SIN, but what does God say about SIN. Is there really such a thing a SIN in this world? Is there really a God that judge’s man for defying His Word? Let’s look at what the Word says about Sin and its Consequences. Then we are left with the choice of which we will believe, SATAN or the LORD JESUS. The following points are what the Lord’s Word says about SIN. Choose carefully, your eternal soul is at stake!!

I. Sin Is Transgression of the Law [Exodus 20:1-17; 1 John 3:4]

[1John 3:4] tells us that any and all Transgression of His Laws is classified by Him as SIN. His Law is not only the 10 Commandments, but is all of His Word. Even though our society refuses to do so, the Lord does still call some things as Sin. Anytime that anyone disobeys the Lord’s Word, he or she has crossed the line, over which the Lord says if a man goes, he has sinned.

Satan has been masterful at getting America to eliminate the Bible from nearly all segments of our society, from the School House to the White House. We ignore and defy the clear teaching of the Word of God without fear or shame today. The sad truth is that many young adults and school age children in America have had very little, if any exposure to the Word of God, other than the constant ridicule they hear from most of those they have received their counsel and influence from in their formative years. For instance, many of their School Teachers who believe the Bible is the Word of God feel muzzled to say anything positive about the Bible and thus remain silent about the Bible, and many more feel the liberty to castigate doubt and ridicule upon the Bible to those same children. Those they Idolize, Ball Players, Movie Stars, TV Stars, Singers, Politicians, etc., set terrible examples for them, as a matter of fact they have become Satan’s Servants in seducing and luring our young people into the clutches of Satan. All we have to do is to look around at our broken society and see that God is telling us the truth when He said: “Be not deceived, God Is Not Mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7]

America and the Church in America must return to believing that the Bible is the Word of God, and to disobey and defy it is SIN. The corruption from disobedience is destroying us, it is literally killing us. The STENCH of DEATH is upon our Churches and our Nation. Sin IS Transgression of the Law of God. The fruits of our disobedience are crime, corruption, callousness, break down of the Home, etc., proves that disobedience to God’s Word is Sin, and that the Lord is not indifferent to His Word or to those who disobey it. We Must have a Revival of Believing The Bible is True and Authoritative, and to disobey or ignore it is Sin, and we sin to our own peril.

II. Sin Is Transgression Against the Lord [Psalms 51:4]

Sin is also seen as a personal affront to the Lord Himself. [Psalms 51:5] tells us that King David came to realize that when he took another man’s wife into his bed, he had not only sinned against her husband,but ultimately he had sinned against the Lord Himself. What made David feel that way? Why did David say that in taking another man’s wife that he had insulted the Lord? That he had offended and defied the Lord Himself? He did so because he knew that in the 10 Commandments the Lord had said:

[Exodus20:17] “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife…”(Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery) It was the Lord Himself that had given those commands to man, they were His Commandments and to disobey them was to disobey the Lord Himself, it was a Sin against the Lord Himself.

America may pull down the 10 Commandments from off of the Walls of our Schools and Court Houses, in an attempt to rid our society from any of their restraints, but the fact remains; [Psalms 12:6,7 ] “The Words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried (tested) in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt Preserve them from this Generation forever.” For generations the Foes of the Word had constantly attacked it, and its Friends have often been apathetic to it, yet the Word lives on. When its foes have bit the dust the Lord will move the hearts of His people to rise up and blow the dust from the Word and once again Preach it and Practice it. If the Lord tarries His Coming, this God Defying Generation will return to the dust from whence they came and the worms will eat their rotten corpse, and then the Truth that has fallen in the streets and been trampled on by this generation, will find in the next Generation the Lord will have His Faithful Few who will pick it up, clean it off, and once again place it back on those same Walls from where their forefathers had taken them down. They will put it back in their lives, their homes, their pulpits, and Jesus will once again be lifted up, and the WORD OF GOD WILL LIVE ON!!! DO IT NOW LORD JESUS, DO IT NOW!!

III. Sin Is Transgression Against the Land [Psalms 10:16; Numbers 35:33,34 ; Deuteronomy 5:33]

Sin is not only Transgression against the Law and the Lord, but also against our Land. The Lord had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land filled with pollution and practices of the vile, perverted pagans who had inhabited the land. The Lord told His people to destroy these pagans and to rid the land of the pagans and their practices, and for the most part they did so. When they had conquered and settled the land they had a wonderful and pure place to live and to raise their children, free from filth and vice. The Lord had ordered them not to disobey His Word and Sin, because in doing so they would once again pollute and defile their land. Sadly, they did not heed the Lord’s warning, and in later years the land once again became a cesspool of iniquity. They had sinned against the land as had the pagans that had inhabited the land before them. This sin would cause the Lord to shut up the heavens and cut off the former and latter rains, creating droughts and barren land, where there had once been green pastures and bountiful crops. This sin would bring disease and plagues where there once had been health and longevity of life. This sin would bring war and the land would be forced to drink the blood of its people as well as it foreign foes. They had sinned against their land.

When a people Sin, they Sin against their Land. We bring poverty where there has been plenty. We bring natural disasters where there had once been the smile of heaven. We bring war and blood where there had once been peace and prosperity. We bring disease in where there had once been health, we fill our cities and streets with crime and vice in the place of wholesome and peaceful neighborhoods. We transgress against our land.

This is what has happened to our Land. I grew up in an America that is nothing like the America we have today. AIDS was never heard of. Terrorist Attacks on our mainland was thought to be impossible. Wars were always fought on foreign soil, not upon ours. Our women and children could walk our streets at night without fear of being mugged or maimed. We were a Nation that offered the American Dream for all who would apply themselves. We were the land of opportunity and plenty, but that day has long since passed us by.

Now our children are inheriting an American Nightmare. They are growing up in a land where they are not even safe in their own homes. They never know when some drug crazed addict will attack or kill them for the money in their pockets to get another fix. They have to fear catching a deadly STD, they have to fear for their lives when they go to school. They never know if they are going to be a victim of a terrorist attack in our own cities. They cannot even turn on the television without being exposed to filth and vulgarity. They cannot take a drive on our highways without having to worry about the dozens of drunk drivers they will meet on the road. They now have a land of poverty and debt. They now have a national debt that has increased from 200 Billion in 1984 to 14 Trillion in 2011.  We have sinned against our land and are now living in the midst of a moral cesspool, streets that look more like a jungle after dark than civilization.

Much of this has happened as a result of the “Church’s Contamination.” We have become defiled by sin and are no longer the Salt and Light to our nation. If the Church is ever to have True Revival and regain our influence and moral authority within our nation, we must first become more concerned with the Sin that is WITHIN US than the SIN that is AROUND US!!

Much of this has also happened as the result of the “Church’s Toleration.” We have not only been guilty of sin within us, but we have also been too accepting of allowing sin around us. We don’t go to the polls to vote against gambling, alcohol, lottery, or any other vice. We have had a SO WHAT attitude towards sin for so long, that sin has become like a Cancer that has went unchecked and spread through our land, putting us at death’s door. “Woe to Them That Are At Ease in Zion.” [Amos 6:1]

When we do go to the polls we often shut our eyes to a candidate’s godless lives and beliefs if he promises to make us more prosperous. These same politicians have gone to Washington and have passed evil decrees, calling evil good and good evil. They legalize homosexuality and Gay Marriage, they promote gambling for the money it brings them, using the Prostitute’s excuse for doing so; “I DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I NEED THE MONEY.”

Christians must see that to be tolerant of sin is defiling and destroying our land. [1 Corinthians 5:6] “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” For me, the Homosexual does not have the RIGHT to Marry, to Adopt Children, to Teach Our Children in our Schools, To Hold Our Offices. The Abortionist does not have the right to soil the land with the blood of millions of innocent babies, this defiles the land where I live; it defiles the land for which I went to War as a youth, to protect our way of life for future generations. It defiles and destroys the land my kids and grand-kids and yours, will have to grow up in. They have no more right to do that with their SIN and EVIL than they would to make their front yard a junk yard if they were my next door neighbor.

In America it is against the Law for anyone to make an eyesore of our highways by throwing their trash along the side of the road. We call that Littering and a Crime. In God’s eyes it is even more criminal to Litter our Nation with the Immoral Trash and filth that is being tossed out upon our land day in and day out. We have made our Nation in which we live a garbage dump of evil, it has become an eyesore to our God, a stench in His nostrils, and cause for His Judgment and disfavor.

We need to clean up our Nation and that Clean Up must begin in the House of God. [1 Peter 4:17] “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” [2Chronicles 7:14] “If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” [Proverbs 14:34] “Righteousness exalteth a Nation, but SIN is a reproach to any people.”

IV. Sin Is Transgression Against Life [Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:33]

The Lord warned that to Sin would also be to Transgress Against Life. [Romans 3:23] “For the wages of sin is death.” How often have we seen this to be true? The Lord tells us not to defile our bodies, yet people ignore not only the Lord’s warning, but even the warnings on the package and smoke, and with every cigarette they smoke ,their life span is shortened by several minutes and eventually die with lung cancer, years before their time. The same could be said of alcohol and sex. Very few people would be so foolish as to put a bullet in the chamber of a hand gun and twirl that chamber and put it to his head and pull the trigger. Yet, in reality that is what a person is doing every time they choose to willfully disobey the Word of God.[ Hebrews 10:26,27,31 ] “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Sin’s penalty is not only the loss of one’s physical life, but there is a 2nd Death [Revelation 20:14] when sinners who die without Jesus will face eternal death in the Lake of Fire, separated from God for eternity. That is the cost for believing Satan’s Lies!!!

What God’s Word tells us does matter. WHO WILL YOU BELIEVE?

Let me not leave this point without giving a clear warning to the Child of God. You can sin and you may choose to sin, but you will not get away with sin either.[Hebrews 12:6,8] “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son He receiveth… But if ye be without chastisement, of which all are partakers, they are @#!*% (illegitimate) and Not Sons.” When you sin the Lord will never let you get by with it, and if you claim to be a Christian and have known sin in your life and the Lord is not whipping you for it, then you are NOT a Child of God. This ought to give pause to many on the rolls of our Churches today, that never show any evidence that the Lord and His Word has any place in their lives and heart.

CONCLUSION:

The question the world must ask them is; when it comes to SIN and its Consequences, who are we going to believe, Jesus or the great deceiver, Satan?

Satan would like for you to believe that you have the right to determine for yourselves what is right and wrong. You do not have to pay any attention to what the Lord has said in His Word, nor worry about the Lord’s Judgment. Millions who were deceived into believing that have went out into eternity only to find that they had been deceived and are now in H-E-L-L paying for their life of SIN and their rejection of JESUS, as the Lord and Savior from SIN and its PENALTY. If you too have believed Satan’s lie, today you have the opportunity to Repent and Turn to Jesus for Forgiveness and Salvation.

For those who have never turned from their sin and unbelief and came to Jesus for salvation, I must tell you that Calvary (Jesus’ Death Upon the Cross) is the only thing standing between you and the awful Judgment of God. Jesus died for you, His blood was shed for your sins. He has been long suffering with you and this nation, but His patience, I am afraid is quickly coming to an end. Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying: “I tremble for my Nation when I realize that God is a just God, and His justice cannot sleep forever.”
That knowledge of God also makes me tremble for our nation, but it also makes me tremble for you that may read this that are a Lost Soul. As this nations judgment is quickly approaching, so is yours. Will you not at this very moment Repent and Turn to Jesus, and trust Him and Him alone for the forgiveness of your life of sin and unbelief in Him. Will you not make Him your refuge from the wrath to come, the Savior of your eternal soul?.

[ROMANS 10:13] “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (JESUS) shall be saved.” *[Acts 4:12]

Let me urge you that have never really came to Jesus for salvation to do so TODAY, before it is everlastingly too late. [2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:7-15]

~Jack Woodard

1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:5,7

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THE SIN WE COMMIT and THE SIN WE TOLERATE IS TRANSGRESSION AGAINST OUR LAND [LEVITICUS 18:22-28; Psalms 10:16; Numbers 35:33, 34 ; Deuteronomy 5:33]


Sin is not only Transgression against the Law [1John 3:4] and the Lord  [Psalms 51:4], but also against our Land
[Leviticus 18:1-5;22-28]. The Lord had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land filled with pollution and practices of the vile, perverted pagans who had inhabited the land. The Lord told His people to destroy these pagans and to rid the land of the pagans and their practices, and for the most part they did so. When they had conquered and settled the land they had a wonderful and pure place to live and to raise their children, free from filth and vice. The Lord had ordered them not to disobey His Word and Sin, because in doing so they would once again pollute and defile their land. Sadly, they did not heed the Lord’s warning, and in later years the land once again became a cesspool of iniquity. They had sinned against the land as had the pagans that had inhabited the land before them. This sin would cause the Lord to shut up the heavens and cut off the former and latter rains, creating droughts and barren land where there had once been green pastures and bountiful crops. This sin would bring disease and plagues where there once had been health and longevity of life. This sin would bring war and the land would be forced to drink the blood of its people as well as it foreign foes. They had sinned against their land.

When a people Sin, they Sin against their Land. We bring poverty where there has been plenty. We bring natural disasters where there had once been the smile of heaven. We bring war and blood where there had once been peace and prosperity. We bring disease where there had once been health, we fill our cities and streets with crime and vice in the place of wholesome and peaceful neighborhoods. We transgress against our land.

This is what has happened to our Land. I grew up in an America that is nothing like the America we have today. AIDS was never heard of. Terrorist Attacks on our mainland was thought to be impossible. Wars were always fought on foreign soil, not upon ours. Our women and children could walk our streets at night without fear of being mugged or maimed. We were a Nation that offered the American Dream for all who would apply themselves. We were the land of opportunity and plenty, but that day has long since passed us by.

Now our children are inheriting an American Nightmare. They are growing up in a land where they are not even safe in their own homes. They never know when some drug crazed addict will attack or kill them for the money in their pockets to get another fix. They have to fear catching a deadly STD, they have to fear for their lives when they go to school. They never know if they are going to be a victim of a terrorist attack in our own cities. They cannot even turn on the television without being exposed to filth and vulgarity. They cannot take a drive on our highways without having to worry about the dozens of drunk drivers they will meet on the road. They now have a land of poverty and debt. They now have a national debt that has increased from 200 Billion in 1984 to 14 Trillion in 2011.  We have sinned against our land and are now living in the midst of a moral cesspool, streets that look more like a jungle after dark than civilization.

Much of this has happened as a result of the “Church’s Contamination.” We have become defiled by sin and are no longer the Salt and Light to our nation. If the Church is ever to have True Revival and regain our influence and moral authority within our nation, we must first become more concerned with the Sin that is WITHIN US than the SIN that is AROUND US!!

Much of this has also happened as the result of the “Church’s Toleration.” We have not only been guilty of sin within us, but we have also been too accepting of allowing sin around us. We don’t go to the polls to vote against gambling, alcohol, lottery, or any other vice. We have had a SO WHAT attitude towards sin for so long, that sin has become like a Cancer that has went unchecked and spread through our land, putting us at death’s door. “Woe to Them That Are At Ease in Zion.” [Amos 6:1]

When we do go to the polls we often shut our eyes to a candidate’s godless lives and beliefs if he promises to make us more prosperous. These same politicians have gone to Washington and have passed evil decrees, calling evil good and good evil. They legalize homosexuality and Gay Marriage, they promote gambling for the money it brings them, using the Prostitute’s excuse for doing so; “I DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I NEED THE MONEY.”

Christians must see that to be tolerant of sin is defiling and destroying our land. [1 Corinthians 5:6] “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” For me, the Homosexual does not have the RIGHT to Marry, to Adopt Children, to Teach Our Kids, To Hold Our Offices. The Abortionist does not have the right to soil the land with the blood of millions of innocent babies, this defiles the land where I live; it defiles the land for which I went to War as a youth, to protect our way of life for future generations. It defiles and destroys the land my kids and grand-kids and yours, will have to grow up in. They have no more right to do that with their SIN and evil than they would to make their front yard a junk yard if they were my next door neighbor. In America it is against the Law for anyone to make an eyesore of our highways by throwing their trash along the side of the road. We call that Littering and a Crime. In God’s eyes it is even more criminal to Litter our Nation with the Immoral Trash and filth that is being tossed out upon our land day in and day out. We have made our Nation in which we live a garbage dump of evil, it has become an eyesore to our God, a stench in His nostrils, and cause for His Judgment and disfavor. We need to clean up our Nation and that Clean Up must begin in the House of God. [1 Peter 4:17] “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” [2Chronicles 7:14] “If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” [Proverbs 14:34] “Righteousness exalteth a Nation, but SIN is a reproach to any people.”

~JACK WOODARD

1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5

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TEXT: JOHN 3 TITLE: YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

Text: John 3 Title: You Must Be Born Again
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LOT, SICKENED BY HIS SODOMITE SOCIETY !!

“And, turning the cities of SODOM and GOMORRAH into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample (example) unto those that afterward should live ungodly. (i.e. today’s homosexuals) And delivered just LOT, vexed with the FILTHY conversation (manner of life) of the WICKED. For that righteous man dwelling among them, in SEEING and HEARING, VEXED his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds. [2 Peter 2:6-8]

LOT, is without doubt the sorriest excuse for a Child of God in all the Bible, and yet he was deeply troubled and SICKENED by what he had to see and hear each day in the Sodomite Society he lived in the midst of. What does that say about the so many so-called Christians today that have no problem with living in the midst of the Sodomite Society of our day, and even look upon it as acceptable and normal?

2 Peter 2:1 warns us of the FALSE PROPHETS who will be among us, telling us Sodomy and other such evils are acceptable with the Lord. Always remember the Bible calls all such Preachers and Pastors,” FALSE Prophets”, and their teachings, “DAMNABLE (Destructive) HERESIES”. 2 Peter 2:4-9 tells us that God’s Judgment will be UNSPARING for ALL who Teach such evil in the Lord’s Church, as well as ALL who are so wicked as to believe and participate in such heresy and evil.

~Jack Woodard

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TITLE: “THE REAL RESULTS OF THE HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT UPON AMERICA”

TITLE: “THE REAL RESULTS OF THE HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT UPON AMERICA”

TEXT:  ROMANS 1:18, 26  “FOR THIS CAUSE GOD GAVE THEM UP…”

                [HOMOSEXUALITY–IT IS NOT JUST ANOTHER SIN]

 

[Lot fleeing the destruction of Sodom]

INTRODUCTION:

The following is a short Message I have written about one of the most con­troversial issues of our day, Homosexuality. That this could even be a divisive issue in our land tells how far we have fallen morally and spiritually as a nation!

Many no longer see homosexuality as a SIN, (even in the APOSTATE CHURCH) and many who still do see it as a sin, see it as they do other sins, as no big deal.

With many people taking these views of homosexuality they see no reason to oppose its proponents, as a matter of fact they see such opposition as intoler­ance, bigotry and out right hate. It is no longer in America a virtue to hate every evil way and to love and embrace decency and our old Biblical values. Someone has said the following about America and Sin: “In America today it has become worse to JUDGE EVIL than to DO EVIL.” And to that I must add an AMEN!!!

Satan must be rejoicing at the deception he has pulled over on us and at the soon coming destruction it will bring upon us.

In this message I try to show the real goal be­hind the push to accept the homosexual lifestyle and why it is not just another sin to be tolerated and embraced, but one which we must continue to oppose through Activism, Prayer and the Preaching of the Gospel, until the Lord gives our land a Revival, a great harvest of souls that will deliver the homosexual from this evil, change people’s attitude towards this sin and cleanse our land of this scourge. That must be OUR GOAL, and nothing less is acceptable.

The battle over the acceptance of Homosexuality is one of those battles that are a GAME CHANGER. Satan knows that if he can get a Nation to accept Homo­sexuality as Normal and OK, then he knows that nothing else will be considered by such people as Wrong or Sin. The rejection of the Lord and His Word will then be complete and the probability that the Lord will “Give Them Up” is almost a certainty, and the ground work will then be laid for the acceptance of his man, the Anti-Christ [Daniel 11:37].

There is no sin like homosexuality, it is not like other sins, it is the Lowest of all SINS. Ask yourself; what lower depth is there to sink to, for a man or women who has already sunk to the level of being an devout homosexual? There is none, that is why Satan is fighting so hard for its acceptance. He knows if Homosexuality is no longer considered sin by our society, or if our society becomes as tolerant of this evil as they are of all other evils, then nothing else will be called sin or serious by our society as well, with the exception of CALLING SIN, SIN. That is where America is close to being. About the only thing that is sin in America any longer is to be Intolerant of Sin and to Call Sin By Name!! Let me give five proofs from the Word of God that confirms Homosexuality is the Greatest of all sins, you cannot fall any lower than this, and for a people to EMBRACE the evil of Homosexuality means that these same  people must also be willing to be REJECTED by the Lord. Jesus is LIGHT and if we are to walk with Him we must reject DARKNESS or be REJECTED by Him. [AMOS 3:3]  [1 John 1:5-7]

I. THE DEGREE OF SIN MAKES IT GREATER

Many people (even Pastors and Christians) foolishly say that homosexuality is just a Sin like any other Sin. Nothing could be farther from the TRUTH. There are differing degrees of Sin in the Lord’s eyes [John 19:11;”…the GREATER Sin…”] Just as a Cancer has different stages so does sin. What is worse Cancer in Stage 1 or in Stage 4? We all have sinned, but the Homosexual has taken sin to Stage 4, to the greatest degree you can go before the Lord gives you up. It is evident from [Romans 1:21] that the verses that follow are a descrip­tion of what these Christ rejecters “…became…” over a period of time. A homosexual is what they became, what they had devolved into after years of willfully rejecting God’s continual revelation of Himself to them. [Romans 1:21] The people that [Romans 1] are talking about are the pagan nations that were living in the Promise Land before Israel went in to possess it. [Genesis 15:16] tells us that the Lord was continually revealing Himself to these people during the four gen­erations (400 years in round figures) that Israel was in Egypt. [Exodus 12:40, 41] tells us that it was 430 years to the day as the exact amount of time of Israel’s stay in Egypt. From the arrival of Jacob in Egypt [Genesis 46:6] until their Exo­dus was 430 years to the day. During this whole time frame the Lord was contin­ually revealing Himself to these people in order to get them to turn to Him for salvation.

We are not told in Scripture how long the Lord may of been revealing Him­self to them before the time of Jacob’s entrance into Egypt, but we know for sure that the Lord had been dealing with these people continually for at least 430 years, and all during this time of rejecting God, of refusing to give Him His rightful place as Lord of their lives, they kept morally degenerating lower and lower until the whole of their society was infected with homosexuality. [Genesis 19:4]

This society was not a homosexual society when the Lord began His reve­lation to them; this is what they “…became…” [Romans 1:21] after 400 plus years of willfully refusing to turn to the True and Living God. Thus we are made to see that homosexuality is the Greatest Degree of sin a man can be in, it is the lowest a man can fall. Think about it, where is there left to go for a man that has fallen so low as to become a full blown homosexual? That is the bottom, there is no farther that a man or women could go, that is why the Lord gave them up; “WHEREFORE, God also gave them up to uncleanness…” [Romans 1:24] God doesn’t give up on a man until he has gone as low as he can go and absolutely refuses to repent and turn to the Lord. Homosexuality was that low for the society spoken of in Romans Chapter One.

It has taken America 200 plus years to get to the place where homosexuality has gone from being illegal and disdained to become acceptable and even encouraged throughout the whole of our society as it was in Sodom. We have fallen so low that now it is becoming illegal for anyone to say anything negative about this Abomination. What new low is left for America to fall to now? Can we go any lower? To fall any lower America would have to MAKE UP A NEW SIN, be­cause as it stands now, and throughout all of the history of mankind, homosex­uality is the lowest form of sin that we have.

A good illustration of this is the Prodigal Son in [Luke 15]. When the Prodigal left his Father’s House he was in Sin but he wasn’t yet in the Pig Pen. The Pig Pen represents the lowest point that a man in sin can fall.

We are told in [Leviticus 11:7] and in [Deuteronomy 14:8] that the Lord had declared swine as unclean animals and because of such, the Nation of Israel were forbidden to eat them. The Jew looked upon swine with disdain, no Jew could have fallen any lower than to have come to the point in his life that he was Slopping Swine. That was as low as you could go for a Jew. That is the picture we have of the society described in Romans Chapter One. They are pictured as having falling so low that when they finally hit bottom they were in homosexuality. No human could fall any lower morally and spiritually than to become a practicing Homo­sexual. Homosexuality is the SWINE SLOPPING OF ALL SINS. Let me say that I realize that many people struggle with this sin and are ashamed and guilt ridden, I am not talking about these poor souls who struggle with this evil, nor even about some people, who may of out of curiosity, have experimented with homosexuality. I am talking about the hard core militants, who like the citizens of Sodom [Genesis19], have given themselves over to the Swine Slopping Sin of Homosexuality!

II .THE DOUBLE SIN MAKES IT GREATER

Another thing about homosexuality that makes it a Sin of Greater Degree is the fact that it is a DOUBLE SIN. Let me explain what I mean by that through this example:

If a married man has sex with a women other than his wife, he has committed Adultery against his wife and the Lord. If that same man has sex with another Man, he has not only committed Adultery against his wife and the Lord, he has ALSO com­mitted and act of Perversion and Abomination [Lev.18:22; 20:13] against the Lord as well. He has compounded his sin to include perversion. He has not only misused sex but he has also perverted sex.

ill. It is like a man who robs a bank and in the process he kills the banker. He is not only guilty of robbing the bank, but he has committed a second crime, and even greater crime, the crime of murder. The sinful homosexual act can never be committed alone. Depending upon the marital status of the partners involved in the act, there always will be the sin of extra-marital sex (adultery) or premarital sex (fornication) added to the sin. With that being so there is another thing that is for sure –when you double the sin you are sure to double the consequences!! That leads to our third point.

III. THE  DESTRUCTIVENESS OF THIS SIN MAKES IT GREATER

(1 Corinthians 6:13-18)

The Lord tells us in [1 Corinthians 6:13-18], that there is NO SIN that is so DESTRUCTIVE to our bodies than that of Fornication, (or sexual immorality and perversion).  We all have seen over the years how America’s views on smoking has changed because of the toll that it takes upon one’s health and the many deaths each year that are caused by smoking or breathing second hand smoke. The advances in science have allowed us to trace many cancers and other illnesses back to smoking.

The Lord has warned us for 2,000 years that sexual immorality will be more destructive to our bodies than anything else we do with our bodies, more deadly than inhaling the poisons in tobacco is using our bodies to engage in immorality and perversion, and it has not taken science nearly as long to connect the dots of destructive and deadly diseases like AIDS and several other STD’s back to ho­mosexual behavior (misbehavior) as it did to trace cancers and other deadly dis­eases back to smoking.

Survey after survey show that the average life span for a homosexual male is nearly 20 years less than for heterosexual males. You rarely see an OLD HOMOSEXUAL; if they begin to embrace this sin at a young age it is doubtful that they will live to be 50 years of age. Yet, you never see a monogamous married cou­ple ever contracting a STD or the deadly disease of AIDS from their own sexual behavior, proving that homosexual behavior is SIN. Science has confirmed God’s Word, but society seems to be more resistant to admitting that homosexuality is harmful to our health than they were with cigarettes.

On top of the STD’S and AIDS you have to add the toll that the depression, unhappiness, guilt and shame that comes with the sin, takes on the health of our bodies, making homosexuality even more deadly. The suicide level in the homosexual community is much higher than the rest of society, adding to the death toll to the homosexual community. No Sin is as Destructive to one’s body as is immorality, and perversion will just take that toll to a new and higher level! The Destructiveness of Homosexuality confirms it is a SIN as God’s Word says it is, and makes it a Greater Sin than other sins!!

As I am writing this message I have read a report that just came out (February 12, 2011) on the homosexual movement in California. It stated that an openly homosexual State Representative is introducing a law that would make it mandatory for the Public Schools to teach its children the positive aspects of being a homosexual, lesbian, or of all things, a trans-gender, along with the pos­itive contributions they have made to society. (Yea like AIDS, etc.) Can we get any sicker as a society, that a State would even elect such a person to a high office, and to have the audacity to think of offering such a bill for consideration. (God Heal Our SICK Land) [2 Chronicles 7:14] Is this what we want to be teaching our children to look on positively? A DEATH STYLE, an evil that is shown to shorten their life span by at least 20 years and to make one’s life a life of shame and depression. Is that what we want for our young people? Where is the sanity in America? We would be appalled if a teacher stood before her class and extolled the virtues of Smoking or Drugs, both are killers, but homosexuals have a lifes­pan shorter than smokers. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

IV.THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS SIN MAKES IT GREATER (Leviticus 18:22)

Other Evidence from Scripture that proves the Lord sees homosexuality as a greater sin than others is His description of this sin in [Leviticus 18:22; 20:13]. In both verses He calls it an ABOMINATION. The word ABOMINATION means; ‘Something disgusting, something abhorrent, it comes from a word meaning, to detest-utterly, in other words when the Lord calls a sin and Abomination He is saying it is UTTERLY (beyond anything else) disgusting and abhorrent, something He detests beyond anything else. I think that that is an ideal description of ho­mosexuality.

It is also informative to realize that in [Leviticus 16 and 20] the Lord is also forbidding the sexual sins of Adultery with another man’s wife or his sons wife Incest with his father’s wife, but He doesn’t use the word Abomination to describe them, He saved that for homosexuality. I doubt that was an oversight with the Lord.

Another proof that homosexuality is the greatest of all sins is found in [Matthew 24:15].In this verse the Lord calls THE ANTI-CHRIST an “ABOMINA­TION”. The Scripture clearly teaches that the Anti-Christ will be “…a man of sin, the son of perdition.”[2Thessalonians2:3] “…that wicked one…” [2Thessalonians 2:8].

What the Lord is telling us about the Anti-Christ is that he will be; ” A SINNER ABOVE ALL SINNERS, AN EVIL MAN ABOVE ALL EVIL MEN, A WICKED MAN ABOVE ALL OTHER WICKED MEN”, that is what the Lord means by the describing a person or a sin by the term, ABOMINATION!

As the Anti-Christ is a Sinner Above All Sinners, An Evil Man Above All Evil Men, A Wicked Man Above All Wicked Men, so is Homosexuality a SIN ABOVE ALL SINS, An ABOMINATION!!

No wonder the Lord tells us in [REVELATION 21:8], that among those that shall “…have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death”, will be “…the ABOMINABLE…” [Revelation 21:8]

 

V. THE DAMNATION OF THIS SIN MAKES IT GREATER (Genesis 19:24-29)

I could also make the case that the Lord sees homosexuality as the greatest of sins by the Lord’s Damnation. Damnation is the Lord expressing His utter dis­pleasure with one. In [Genesis 18:20] the Lord again through His Description of this sin said the “…sin of …Sodom and Gomorrah was Very Grievous…” and be­cause of that He had determined to TERMINATE those cities of the plain [Genesis 19:24-29]. The Lord Terminated their lease with Him on the area of the earth that He had given them.

[Lot escaping Sodom as Judgment Falls “Genesis19:23-25”]

The Lord terminated the cities not for lying, stealing, etc., but because, to Him, it was a GRIEVOUS state of sin that they had fallen to. A rampant, open, militant, Homosexuality, that had infected every area of society, from the poorest to the richest, from the very young to the oldest among them. [Genesis 19:4] For most unrepentant sinners Damnation awaits them in the future, but the Lord damned these Sodomites for a warning of the DAMNATION that awaits every unrepentant Sodomite in their future. [2 Peter 2:6]

This sin is so great that the Lord damned a whole society as a warning to those who would be in the future so deviant and deceived as to follow such a lifestyle. That seems out of character and extreme action for the Lord to take if Homosexuality was just another sin, would it not?!!

Conclusion:

[Ezekiel 16:49, 50] “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister, Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness were in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed Abomination before Me;  therefore, I took them away as I saw good!!”

Many proponents of homosexuality use these verses in [ Ezekiel 16] to refute the argument that it was for homosexuality that the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. It was these other conditions mentioned that were the cause for judg­ment, they say. What the Lord is telling us in [Ezekiel 16:49, 50] is, these were the conditions in society that breeds immorality and perversion. An affluent society that has so much wealth that they no longer have the trials, troubles and hard work that build character, and so much idle time that they have nothing but sin to fill it with, will continue their moral slide until finally the reach the depths of perversion, homosexuality.

This explains why so many homosexuals are wealthy. Most of them I am sure had not fully embraced this evil until they began to prosper. It is like the old question of which came first; the Chicken or the Egg; did homosexuals become involved in this evil before or after their prosperity. For most, I believe they would say, they fell this low after they had advanced materially, and began to have the spare time and money to enjoy their lusts. As their sins began to give diminished returns, they had to go lower and lower to satisfy their lusts, until they hit the low of Homosexuality. At this point Satan has them bound by this evil and only the Blood of Christ can break the bond that binds them, and then only when they are willing the repent and turn to Jesus. To refuse to do so  leaves the Lord with no alternative, but to reject them and condemn them to His righteous judgment.

That is the point at which a society falls. If America were in depression days where men had to struggle to keep themselves and their families from starv­ing, just barely getting by, you would not see people with the wealth to take the time from work to march in the streets for homosexual rights, or putting on vul­gar parades. You would not see politicians giving their time to push the homo­sexual lifestyle and gay marriages on society. Those issues would no longer seem important, certainly not important enough to dominate our national conversa­tion. Poverty and the struggle for mere survival would break us of this evil. This is probably where the Lord is taking our nation if we persist to defend and demand perversion.

Let me say this once again; this battle is a Game Changer for the Devil and his crowd, he knows that a people cannot fall any lower than this. If he can get us to accept this he can get us to accept anything else. But even more serious is the fact that he knows that if he can get us to Accept this he can get the Lord to Reject us [Rom.1:26 -“…For this cause God gave them up…”]

THAT IS SATAN’S GOAL BEHIND THE HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT –to take a society so low that the Lord would abandon it to their sin. In reality the Lord says to such a society; “You want to live like the devil, I will just give you to the Devil!!” America, be very careful what you ask for, you may just get it. Then we will discover that we got what we wanted, but we don’t want what we got, but it will be too late, our fate will have been settled!!

Judah’s Defiance to the Lord may pale in comparison to America’s, the na­tion who once considered herself a Christian Nation, the nation who once said that they were, One Nation under God. America has always considered ourselves a nation founded upon the Judeo-Christian Ethic (Old and New Testaments),a nation to whom we owe our glory to the Lord alone, [Psalms 33:12] a nation that has never had any hesitation or embarrassment to call itself a Christian Nation. Those days are becoming a thing of the past.

We now have a President who mocks the Bible as unreasonable and unnecessary, who stands before the Muslim world and had the audacity to tell them that “America has never considered our­selves a Christian nation, nor do we do so now.” That statement alone denied the Lord’s goodness and involvement in our nation’s history and forever put him at odds with the Lord, and the Lord now is bound for the sake of His Own Name and Glory to curse this President and everything he touches, to make it clear to him and the world who is God.

The Lord will not share His glory, [Isaiah 42:8] nor will he be denied it, as Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezar, (Judah’s captor) would later learn the hard way. [Daniel 4:28-37]

America too was a nation who for the most part, had One God, the God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Now we too have become a nation of many gods to whom we bow, as many as the cities listed in an Atlas. We too, have as a nation, done what no other nation in history has done except for Judah, and that is we too HAVE CHANGED OUR GOD. [Jeremiah 2:9-13] We are the only two nations in the history of the world that has done that. You have never heard of a Muslim Nation turning from their false god of Allah to Jesus, and you never will. You have never heard of a Buddhist Nation converting to Allah, and you never will. The only two nations in the history of the world to be so foolish and wicked has been Judah and America, and we see how that turned out for Judah, and we are told in [Psalms 9:17] how that will turn out for any other Christian Nation who would choose to be so foolish. [Psalms 9:17] “The wicked shall be turned into H-E-L-L (sheol), and ALL NATIONS that Forget God!” [Psalms 9:16] “The Lord is known by the JUDGMENT which He executeth!”

The battle is raging and NO Preacher or Christian can be Silent or Absent in this battle. To do so is High Treason against Heaven!!

MARTIN LUTHER’S words are a clarion call to us today to join the battle:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the Devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be pro­fessing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point!

~MARTIN  LUTHER

~JACK WOODARD

1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5

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“”IS AMERICA ‘S END DRAWING NEAR?”

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TITLE: “IS AMERICA’S END DRAWING NEAR?”

TEXT:   JEREMIAH 1:1-4; 5:9; 8:20                       

 

{“The Eerie Similarities Between The End Days of The Nation of Judah and Today in America!”}

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

SERMON OUTLINE:

Introduction:

I. A Nation Divided

II. A Nation in Decline

III. A Nation in Defiance

IV. A Nation in Depravity

V. A Nation in Derision

VI. A Nation in Denial

VII. A Nation Destroyed

VIII. Major Difference

Epilogue

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INTRODUCTION:

Jeremiah was Judah’s last prophet before going into Babylonian Captivity. He was called by the Lord to begin his ministry during the reign of Judah’s boy king, King Josiah. In [2 Kings 22:1-23:30] we are given the record of Josiah’s reign. Josiah’s father (Amon) and grandfather (Manasseh) were evil men whose love for sin and wickedness led them to forsake the True God of Israel and attempt to re­place Him with false gods who accepted and even encouraged sin and wickedness in the lives of their followers. (That is the kind of god America has now adopted.) We have “… changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man …” [Romans 1:23] they would also lead the Nation of Judah into forsaking the Lord for pagan gods and to live wickedly as well.

They were not only seduced but they became the seducers of the nation. They were not the servants of Jehovah God, but the servants of the Evil One, doing his bidding for him. From the highest office in the land you had sin and wickedness practiced and encouraged among the people and the worship of the True God purged from the land and new pagan gods established in His place. (Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it?) After the death of Amon, his son Josiah as­cended to the throne at the tender young age of 8 years old. Josiah was just the opposite of his father and grandfather, in that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, [2Kings22:3] and used his authority as King to purge Judah and Jerusalem of these pagan gods and their worship. To rid Judah of any reminders of these pagan gods his nation had worshiped during the reigns of his father and grandfather, [2Chronicles 34:3-5] he had all their shrines and altars com­pletely destroyed. He would later repair and reopen the Temple that had been closed for years, (during which time it was turned into a storage site).

Once the Temple was reopened he restored the worship of Jehovah (the One and Only True God), the sacrifices and the celebrating of the Passover Feast. In addition, he reintroduced the nation to the Word of God after discovering the nation’s sole copy of the Law in the House of God while they were in the process of repairing it. The nation’s sole copy of the Law had been lost in the House of God while it set abandoned and defiled for years. Here was a nation that was “. . . being destroyed for lack of knowledge . . .” [Hosea 4:6].

Many of the people had not had a Word from the Lord in their lifetime.

Without the Word of God they had no idea who the Lord was, nor what He ex­pected of them as His people. It was left up to the imaginations of their darkened minds and hearts (and the lies of the false prophets who were just as profane and as much in the dark as were the people) [Jeremiah 23:11] to create an image of God for the nation. The image they created was one in which their God was as corrupt as they were. [Romans 1:22, 23]

America has done the same, for decades we have not wanted “… to retain God in our knowledge…” [Romans 1:28], so we have done our best to rid our society of the Word of God, beginning at the school house where the minds and beliefs of our children are just beginning to be shaped for life.

The Church has even lost the Word of God in the Lord’s own House. It would be next to impossible in most churches in America for a person to see the pastor stand before his people and read the Bible text and then to preach, “THUS SAITH THE LORD.” Most pastors have abandoned preaching the Word of God in favor of sharing the latest goings on as reported by some godless News Magazine, or the latest heresy that is fashionable among the people. (Every man who calls himself a Preacher, a Servant of the Lord, ought to read and heed the Lord’s CHARGE to us in [2 Timothy 4:1-5], for such times as these.)

With the Truth of the Word of God now all but eliminated from our society, we too have created from our darkened minds a corrupt image of God. We no longer have a God who is Holy, but now our God is one who creates some men and women as homosexuals and lesbians and sees homosexuality as a normal and acceptable life style. America now has an image of God as one who sees nothing wrong with slaughtering 1.2 million babies a year in abortion mills (to escape the discovery and consequences of their sin and not have their selfish lifestyles curtailed by the burden of an unwanted baby.) A corrupt people create a corrupt god. Judah was living under this delusion and corruption.

All of that was about to change with the coming of the Prophet Jeremiah. They were soon to learn that their God was a Holy God who expected His people to be Holy as well [1Peter 1:14-19] or experience His terrible displeasure. Josiah’s reforms and revival were well-intentioned, but they were merely pretense, super­ficial and ritual for the people and not the result of a changed heart towards the Lord. [Jeremiah 3:6,10; 4:1-2] Even though the people had been legislated to return to their religion, they did not return to the Lord Himself. [Hosea 7:16] “They return, but not to the Most High.” Their life of idolatry, injustice and immorality continued on as be­fore. The only difference now was that they were claiming to be a follower of Judah’s ancestral God. They lived the same life of sin as usual –the only differ­ence being that they had changed the name of their god and the place of their worship. But they were the same old sinners that they had always been. Jesus encountered the very same people during His ministry. They called them­selves Pharisees, but Jesus called them: “Hypocrites –people who drew near unto Him with their mouth and honoreth Him with their lips, but their heart was far from Him.”[Matthew 15:7, 8]

It would be in the midst of this superficial revival of religion that the Lord called Jeremiah to warn his nation of impending judgment from the Lord, if they did not quickly amend their ways, repent and return to their Lord. The Lord is looking for some Jeremiah’s in America today. We have enough Benny Hinns and Joel Osteens today who, like the false prophets in Jeremiah’s day, are white-washing sin and tickling the itching ears of H-E-L-L -bound church attendees with their fables and feel good psycho-babble. This H-E-L-L -bound society and church needs a Jere­miah who will; “Be not afraid of their faces…and speak unto them all that I command thee…”[Jeremiah 1:8, 17], a prophet who is willing to “… root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build and plant” [Jeremiah 1:10]

You can imagine how unnecessary, unappreciated and out of step Jere­miah and his message must have seemed to the nation and to the religious es­tablishment in particular. They had stopped going to the pagan altars to worship their pagan gods. They were now going to the Temple, making their sacrifices and giving their offerings. The false prophets, who claimed to be speaking for the Lord, were telling them that they were good people deserving of health and prosperity from the Lord and that Jeremiah was just a nut not to be taken seriously.

I can hear them say; “How dare Jeremiah say we are worthy of the Lord’s Judgment, God is a good and loving God and we are doing our best!!” Most people who deny the message of judgment usually tell us they do so because they believe that God is too good to judge anyone. But what they really mean is that they think “they are too good for God to judge.” That is how the people of Judah felt ­-self-righteous, smug and comfortable in their religion. They were to find out, as with America, that God is too good not to judge and we are too evil not to be judged by a thrice-Holy God.

Thus was the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry, and for the next 40 years (a generation) he would continue to preach the same warning while the end of the nation kept drawing nearer and nearer. Jeremiah would become very irritat­ing to the people who saw no need for change. They would become more hostile towards him. The persecution from his people grew worse and worse with no vis­ible evidence that he was getting through or making any difference upon his na­tion.

In [Jeremiah 8 verses 20-22], Jeremiah gives voice to the horror and despair that he is feeling for the fate of his doomed nation. As the passing of a Harvest Season that failed to produce fruit, gives rise to despair for a future without the availability of food, so the days the Lord had given them the opportunity to repent and return to Him failed to produce repentance and now the Lord had shut the door for the opportunity to repent and judgment is now their inevitable future. The end was now upon them.

Could the same be true for America as well? Could the Lord’s judgment of us be inevitable? Is the door of opportunity for repentance and revival closing or is it already closed? I realize that there are many people going to Church in Amer­ica (not as many as you would hope, probably only around 20 percent of our pop­ulation on any given Sunday, and many of those 20 percent go to Churches that are liberal, dead or cults). I also realize that there are many so-called preachers who are telling the nation how good we are and how that a good God wants them to be healthy and prosperous, without ever addressing the moral free fall that we are seeing in our nation and in our pews; never saying a word about the Idolatry and Immorality that is rampant amongst the people who call themselves Chris­tian; never rebuking the unfaithfulness, the indifference, and the high treason that is being committed daily against our Lord by the majority within the Church.

It is evident to me that the moral and spiritual free fall that America has been experiencing for years necessitates, in the absence of our Lord’s Return, ei­ther Revival or Judgment, the status-quo cannot and will not continue much longer. Like Judah in the days of Jeremiah, the option and opportunity for Amer­ica to repent and return to the Lord, and averting judgment, is quickly passing us by. It is my intention to prove that fact in this message.

I am going to show several comparisons between our Nation as it is today, to the nation of Judah as it was when she was at her very end, just days from her final judgment. We will see some eerie similarities between America and Judah that make it very clear that the END OF AMERICA may very well be upon us. When I say “the end” I am not saying that we will cease to be a nation or that some enemy will annihilate us with a nuclear weapon, even though the Lord could very well cause that to happen. What I am talking about –which is just as disturbing –is that we could see the Lord’s judgment very well come in the form of the following:

We could become so crippled financially that we be like the slums of Calcutta –people starving, babies dying of starvation on the dry breasts of their mothers, and people being mugged and murdered for the change that is in their pockets. The pestilence of AIDS will be just one of many incurable diseases we will face. To compound the poverty, droughts will rob the market places of basic food staples. Food will become as scarce and as expensive as gold. The education system in our nation will be shut down. We could not afford to keep them open under such poverty, and our hungry children will be unable to comprehend and learn while is such a state of hunger. Our automobiles will be parked or aban­doned because of the fuel shortages, shortages that will be so severe that there will not be enough fuel to even keep the Police or Emergency Vehicles running, leaving crime and death unchecked.

We will walk wherever we must go, eventually becoming so weak from hunger that we will become unable to walk from one place to another, people just lie where we fall. People will be living in squalor, scrounging for anything to make a roof over their heads to keep out of the cold, heat, rain and snow. Our loved ones will die all around us and we will be helpless to save them. We would also see chaos and derision cre­ated by the collapse of all of our institutions that hold us together as a nation.

We will see social unrest with riots and carnage in our streets. Communi­cation will become next to impossible. You will not be able to communicate through the Internet, telephone, or mail with your loved ones that live away from you. We will see a tyrannical government headed by a despot that would certainly strip us of all the freedoms we now cherish and enjoy, and enslave us to serve him and his government. That and worse is soon to be the fate of America if we do not return to the Lord. (If this sounds far fetched and radical, remember that is what Judah thought of Jeremiah’s warnings)

Let me say a word of warning to Christians. If America falls under the Lord’s judgment, those who will suffer the most will be those who call themselves a Christian. We will be blamed for the fall as sure as King Ahab blamed the judg­ment of God his nation was experiencing upon the prophet Elijah. [1Kings 18:17,18] The Lord will see to it that judgment will begin with His own, [1Peter 4:17] especially severe will be the Lord’s judgment upon those that have been unfaithful to Him. His judgment will be double for the sins they have committed against Him, [Jeremiah 16:18] and they will be severe enough to finally break us or make us into the people He would have us to be.

A dark and foreboding cloud of judgment is looming over our nation, and it is getting larger and darker with every passing day that we fail to see Genuine Revival among the people of God. It is getting ready to burst asunder allowing the full wrath of God to fall upon this beloved land we call home.

[The Hovering Cloud Of Judgment Over Our Land]

I. SIMILARITY NUMBER ONE:  JUDAH WAS A NATION DIVIDED

King David had united the nation under his rule and that unity continued throughout the reign of David’s son and successor, King Solomon. During his reign, King Solomon began a massive government expansion, with a huge building program of cities and buildings throughout the land. To construct these cities and buildings Solomon enslaved the children from the pagan nations that were left in the land after Israel had conquered it. [1Kings 9:15-21] These people became what we would call, Government Employees, on the Government Pay Roll. To pay for his extravagant spending and expanding government Solomon taxed his own people. As the government spending grew so did the tax burden upon his people. The people had less and less of their hard earned money to keep for themselves as uncle Solomon took more and more for his government. [1Kings 12:4]

Now that he had his labor force and his money source, Solomon then needed a military force to protect his expanding wealth and Kingdom. To have a standing army Solomon instituted a military draft among Israel’s young men, and now there is an added tax burden upon the people to pay for the Defense Budget. You can imagine the unwanted and unappreciated intrusion that Solomon and his big government were making into the lives and families of Judah.

[SOLOMON’S GREAT BUILDING PROGRAM]

Upon the death of Solomon, his son, Rehoboam, succeeded him to the throne. At the inauguration of Rehoboam [1Kings 12:1] the people of Israel pleaded with him not to continue the massive growth of government and the heavy tax burden that his father had started, but Rehoboam and his advisers were tone deaf and indifferent to the voice and wishes of the people and chose to continue to expand and increase the burden upon the people. In response the people formed their own Tea Party and revolted, breaking away from Rehoboam’s rule and established a new nation made up of 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel. They became known as Israel with their own capital at Samaria. The tribe of Judah and Benjamin became the Nation of Judah with Jerusalem being its capital – the people to which Jeremiah is called of the Lord to prophecy to.

Does not that sound eerie similar to America today? America is a fractured Nation. Many in America are products of Divided Families that have been divided by a 50% divorce rate. Homes that have been divided by Drugs, Violence, Incest, Adultery,etc. We now have in America several generations whose lives have been robbed of the foundation that only a solid Christian Home can provide.

Many of these same people are also products of Divided Faiths. Many parents are of different Faiths, (if any Faith)and to find unity they have either abandoned their Faith or settled on a Faith that they can share, which usually means they choose a Church and a Faith that stands for nothing, leaving their children with No Real Faith to build their lives and hopes upon.

There is a great divide between our Government and It’s People.We have seen an un­precedented expansion of government and government employees and their in­trusion into our lives. We have seen the massive spending of government increasing the tax burden upon its people and a national debt that is robbing our posterity of their future. We have seen also the rise and revolt of the Tea Party and others demanding that Government stop the spending, cut the budget, live within its means and stop the massive expansion of government. Its massive spending is leaving people with less and less of own money and uncle Sam in­truding more and more into lives and families –robbing our posterity and threat­ening our future. And what have we seen from our President and Congress? They too are TONE DEAF and indifferent to the wishes and voices of the people. And they too continue to want to spend more and more.

On top of these divisions we must admit that there may be more issues that are dividing us today than at any other time in our his­tory. There are Moral Issues like abortion, with the pro-life on one side and pro-choice on the other, both unyielding in their stand. There is the Marriage Issue with tra­ditionalists demanding it remain between one man and one woman and on the other side there are those who are trying to institute gay marriage as the Law of the land and both are unyielding in their demands. There are Capitalists and Socialists –the Capitalists believing in the small government and the Free En­terprise system and individual responsibility, and the Socialists who believe in big government and fewer personal freedoms and responsibilities, both unrelent­ing in their beliefs. There is the Union Movement in America along with the Socialists and other Anti-American groups who will create such anarchy in our streets in the near future that the Civil Rights marches and the War Protestors of the 1960′s will look tame in contrast to. There will be such chaos created by Union thugs and these other groups during the next Presidential Race that it will be next to impossible for Republicans and Conservatives to campaign in public. It will be a dangerous time for Conservatives to campaign. America has never seen what we are about to see in our streets in the next 2 or 3 years.

On and on we could go, but it is clear that never in the History or our Re­public have we had so many issues that divide us and never since the Civil War has this nation been so divided and polarized as we are today! [Luke 11:17] “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house (itself) falleth!”

II. SIMILARITY NUMBER TWO:  JUDAH WAS A NATION IN DECLINE

Judah was not only a Nation Divided, it was also a Nation in Decline. It was no longer the envy of the world. No longer was it the World’s Sole Super-Power, militarily or monetarily as it had once been under the reigns of King David and King Solomon. No longer where they so blessed of the Lord that they could loan to other nations and reign as the world’s sole super-power, as the Lord had promised them they would be if they were faithful in their obedience to Him. [Deuteronomy 15:6]

Judah was just a shell of its former self. Other nations, nations unfriendly to Judah, nations who wished ill to Judah were rising to Super-Power status. The nations were being re-aligned. National power and prosperity were changing hands during the end days of Judah.

Today, America too, is a Nation in Decline. We are no longer the world’s sole Super-Power, militarily or monetarily. We too see the rise of other nations to chal­lenge our Super-Power status. These too are nations that are not our friends and would wish us ill, as well.

UPDATE: (4/26/2011) Fox News reported this morning that the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) stated this week that the “AGE OF AMERICA” will come to an end by 2016. They are predicting that within 5 years CHINA will surpass America as the World’s Greatest Economy, making America a second rate nation. This will change our Nation dramatically, we will eventually become like a Third World Nation. Fox also reported on 4/26/2011 that most American’s believe America’s Best Days are behind us, and the future just is going to be one of constant decline. Without a National Revival our fears will certainly become reality.

UPDATE: On 8/5/2011 America for the first time in her history saw her Credit Rating downgraded by the S&P.

As I am writing this, I am watching the riots in the streets of Egypt. Many believe this unrest and toppling of governments throughout the Middle East will sweep through the Arab world, creating a Radical Islamic Kingdom and leaving Israel vulnerable to her enemies, and America facing an unfriendly Arab world that is more solidified than ever.

There is China’s rise to Super-Power status, which may pose a greater threat to the United States than the Arab world does. We are borrowing from China to just stay afloat. How our fortunes have reversed in the decade.[Proverbs 22:7] “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” That is just as true of nations as it is of individuals!

In the Bible we see that when the morals of God’s people plummeted you would also see the military power of their enemies on the rise until the Lord would see the time was right for them to be unleashed as His rod of judgment upon His apostate people. That may very well be what we are watching take place in the world today. The possibility (probability) that the Lord is dealing with us as He did Judah cannot be discounted.

If China were to shut their pocket book to America and the Arabs would shut off the oil valves at the same time, America would be just a memory of her former self overnight. Regardless, no one can deny that as Judah was in Decline in her End Days, we too, are a Nation in Decline. Is that a sign that our end is near as it was for Judah?

III. SIMILARITY NUMBER THREE: JUDAH WAS A NATION IN DEFIANCE

Judah was a nation in defiance to their covenant God. Jeremiah is told by the Lord to rebuke them on His behalf for Forsaking Him, [Jeremiah 2:13, 17] for Forgetting Him days without end, [Jeremiah 2:32] and for doing something that no other nation had ever done, and that was Changing Their Nation’s God. What made it so appalling and horrible for Judah was the fact that they were the only nation whose God was the True and Living God. They exchanged Him for many false and meaningless gods. [Jeremiah2:10, 11], We are told that they had gone from worshiping the One True God, to having as many gods as they had cities. [Jeremiah 11:13] In Judah’s case, more was certainly not better.

America has always been a pluralistic nation, offering the freedom of reli­gion to its people, but from our very founding it has also been a nation in which Christianity has always been the dominate Faith of our people. That is no longer true in reality. We have become like Judah of old, our nation now tolerates all gods except the Christians God, Jesus Christ, the God of our ancestors and of our history. We too are abandoning Him and opening our doors to any and all of the false gods of the world. In every city in America there stands houses of wor­ship for every faith known unto man, and on top of that, America like Judah has made the works of our own hands our gods as well. [Jeremiah1:16]

The decades of carnality and apostasy in the Christian Church has weak­ened our faith and allowed our society to believe that all faiths are equal, that Salvation is not exclusively in Jesus, and to say so, is to be intolerant. Toleration of differing Faiths in America has become such a virtue that it will no longer tol­erate the Christian Faith and her God, because we do not believe in many gods but One God, we do not believe in many ways to salvation, but one way, through Jesus and Jesus alone. [John 14:6] Now America is tolerant of all faiths and gods except the Christian Faith and the Christians God.

We have added many gods to our society and as we have been adding the many new gods into our society, we have at the same time been systematically Eliminating the God of our history, the one and true God, the Lord Jesus Christ from our society. That was the state of religion in Judah when she fell under the judgment of God.

Judah paid a high price for defying their God. We are told in [Jeremiah 5:3] “O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? Thou hast Stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast Consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces Harder than a rock; they have refused to return.”

Does not that sound like America today? Look at the public (GOVERNMENT) school system in America. In 1962 the Supreme Court struck down school prayer as “unconstitutional.” This is the prayer that was deemed as unconstitu­tional:

[“Almighty God, We Acknowledge Our Dependence On You And Beg Your Blessings On US, Our TEACHERS, and Our PARENTS, And upon Our COUNTRY!”]

Look at what has happened to our children, our teachers, our families and marriages, and our country since outlawing our Children from being able to ask God’s blessing upon them. Since America decided to defy our God and kick the Bible and Prayer from our schools, our schools have been stricken and consumed with violence, vice, lower test scores, higher dropout rate and teacher incompe­tence. And everything we have tried to rectify the problems has done nothing but worsen the problems. Our Families have been torn asunder by abuse and divorce. My mother and father were divorced when I was 5 years old. In my class at school I was the only student from a divorced home, but today you would find the situ­ation reversed. In many classes you would be hard pressed to find one student whose parents have not divorced. The state of our nation has steadily deteriorated since 1962.

The inner rot of our nation has so weakened us that we are in a greater danger of collapsing from within than we are of collapsing at the hand of any out­side force. All the Lord would have to do to bring us down in judgment is to just do nothing. Left to ourselves we are soon to fall from within. The termites of sin, greed, corruption, selfishness, drugs, alcoholism, (I consider alcohol to be a drug and the number one drug problem in America) immorality, and sexual perversion has so ate away the core of America that it would be impossible for us to remain standing for another decade without a God sent revival.

We have been stricken in our land over the past few years with hurricanes, floods, droughts, earthquakes and blizzards –all of Biblical proportion. We have seen Financial Collapses, Oil Spills, and Social Ills unheard of before in our his­tory and yet we refuse to return to the Lord. We are getting harder and harder and more defiant than ever. With each passing judgment from the Lord we refuse to repent and become more calloused towards the Lord. And His judgments con­tinue to get more severe. America can be likened to Pharaoh in the days before the Exodus. Just as the passing of each plague found Pharaoh rebellious, unre­pentant, and harder towards the Lord than ever until the plagues had to be so intensified they eventually shattered the most powerful nation upon the earth.[Exodus 7-14] That seems to be the course we are taking.

Our forefathers could never have imagined how godless we would become as a nation. An America in which homosexuality is deemed normal and the ho­mosexual is treated with more respect than Christians, and with more rights than the saints. An America where mothers kill 1.2 million babies in their own wombs each and every year. An America, where pornography is protected and the Bible is outlawed. An America where the Lord’s Name can be used in vain on public TV, but may not be used in His Honor to invoke His blessings at the end of a public prayer. All of this and much more speak of our continued and growing De­fiance against the Lord and the sure hastening of our overdue judgment.[Psalms 9:17] “The wicked shall be turned into H-E-L-L, (sheol-the grave) and ALL the NATIONS that forget God.”

According to this verse, America is headed to the graveyard of the nations if we fail to repent and return to the Lord. In returning we must not be like Judah in Jeremiah’s day, who is best described by the prophet Hosea in [Hosea 7:16] “They return, but not to the Most High” We do not need a return to religion in America. Many think that religion is man at his best but as we see in [Romans 1:21-32], religion is man at his worst. We must have a return to Jesus Himself, with a whole heart.

Nothing less will avert the judgment the Lord has prepared for America, and nothing more is needed to move the heart of the Lord to forgive us and heal us as a nation!

IV. SIMILARITY NUMBER FOUR: JUDAH WAS A NATION IN DEPRAVITY

Judah was in such a moral free fall that the Lord could only compare them to animals in heat. [Jeremiah 5:7-9] “How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy chil­dren have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods; when I fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ house. They were like fed horses in the morning; every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife. Shall not I punish for these things? saith the Lord; and shall not my soul be avenged on Such a Nation As This?”  Like America, they were a sex-crazed society guilty of every abomination imagi­nable and without guilt or shame for being so. [Jeremiah 6:15] “Were they Ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they Blush; therefore they shall fall among them that fall; at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord”

Marriage was not seen as sacred. Immorality and sexual perversion was rampant and condoned as a normal way of life. Look at the ugly picture the Lord painted of them. He said they were like a horse in heat that satisfies its lust with anyone willing and at any place they so happen to be at any time that is oppor­tune.

A horse has no shame and has no problem with having sex with the whole world watching. That was a picture of Judah and of America as well. Today you can turn your television on at almost any time of the day and night and see people unashamedly having sex before the whole world without ever blushing. We have gotten so used to watching public sex in America that we do not even blush at it anymore. It is the norm today. You push the buttons on your remote control and purchase and watch the vilest and perverted sex acts by people who have no shame or guilt for doing so. They even glory in their shame.

We are a pornographic society, so much so that there are reports that tell us that Americans spend more of their money each year on pornography than groceries. That tells us that like Judah, Americans must feed their lusts before their stomachs.

The Lord spoke about the godlessness and immorality of their younger gen­eration in [Jeremiah 5:7] “… Thy children …” Today in America our younger generation have been raised in a society where every sort of immorality and per­version is accepted as normal and proper. Saving themselves for their wedding night is scoffed at. They see the abomination of homosexuality as normal and not sinful. They can swing either way. Today’s younger generation of boys and girls have become so sexually permissive and immoral that if the same Biblical standards and terminology were applied today that was applied to my generation when we were youths, they would be classified and called W-H-O-R-E-S and W-H-O-R-E- ­MONGERS!

That is strong language, but that is the language the Lord used for them in [Jeremiah 3:3] “… and thou hadst a W-H-O-R-E-S’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed” We need to use the strong language of the Bible on sin to make sin look like sin. (By the way, that is why many people do not like the King James Bible –not because they cannot understand it, but because they do understand it. It speaks so plain on sin that it makes the carnal bunch uncomfortable. It kicks like a Missouri Mule and they want a meowing, kitty cat translation). We have so toned down our language so we will not offend anyone that in the process we have made sin seem normal and acceptable to our children. We MUST again begin to call sin “sin” if we are ever going to get people to see themselves as sin­ners and their wicked deeds for what they really are –SIN . Without seeing them­selves as sinners and their deeds as sin they will never see the need to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus for cleansing and forgiveness.

No nation will ever experience revival without repentance of their sin and unbelief in the Lord Jesus. And no nation in the state of depravity as was Judah and is America, will ever see themselves sinners under the wrath of God without first having prophets that, like Jeremiah, boldly lift up their voice and call sin sin (no matter where it is found) and sinners to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Preacher, your willingness to be persecuted for preaching the Word as it is to people as they are, is America’s only hope for revival and averting the full force of God’s judgment that we already see upon us! Let me warn all you that call yourselves preachers, if you refuse to be bold enough to rebuke sin in your peo­ple, you will be the one at fault for letting our nation fall, and the Lord will deal with you more severely than with anyone else. You either PREACH or get your sorry, hypocritical self out of the ministry and go make an honest living. Quit taking the peoples’ money under the false pretense that you are a servant of the Lord and a preacher of the Word. You are neither. You are a spineless hypocrite, deserving of the sorest punishment that the Lord can bring upon a human. And you can be sure if America falls without the Lord finding you standing in the gap that will be your fate!

The thrice Holy Lord made it perfectly clear to Judah through the prophet Jeremiah that it would be judged and cast down for the sexual immorality and perversion of which they had defiled the land. The Lord swore that [Jeremiah 5:9] “…he would be avenged on Such a Nation as This!” America elects perverts to Congress. Perverts in Congress decree evil decrees, making perversion legal and the perverted a protected group in our land. America may try to change God’s decrees and protect the wicked, but as sure as the sun rises in the eastern sky each morning, they, nor this nation will not escape the vengeful judgment of the Lord upon them for such vile wickedness. No law of man can protect them from the vengeance of a Holy God. If Judah, God’s covenant people, the apple of God’s eye, were not spared the judgment of their Lord, do not deceive yourselves into thinking we will be the exception. The Law of God remains steadfast; [Hebrews 13:4] “whoremongers (fornicators) and adulterers God will judge!”

[Ephesians 5:3,5,6] “But fornication, and all uncleanness…let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. For this ye know, that NO whoremonger (fornicator) nor unclean person … hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the WRATH of GOD upon the children of disobedience!!”

Our generation has been deceived by vain talkers telling us that sin is not sin, and no matter, for there is no God who would judge you for it anyway. It is the same old lie that Satan used to deceive Eve in the Garden of Eden, [Genesis 3:4] but what the Lord calls sin in the Bible has always been sin and will always be sin, and no matter how many laws we pass to make it legal and no matter how many marches they march to try to make it acceptable with the masses, and no matter how much they try to intimidate others into accepting them and their perverted lifestyle, the Lord will never accept sin as normal, nor will he be intim­idated by them nor will He be timid when it comes the proper time to pour out His judgment upon them, as surely He must!! No Depraved Nation can escape the sure and severe judgment of God!! No other nation has and America will not be the first to do so!!

V. SIMILARITY NUMBER FIVE:  JUDAH WAS A NATION IN DERISION

The years of defying the Lord had taken a toll upon the nation. They had so many unsolvable problems and many more on the way. They were asking: [Jeremiah 13:22] “Why come these things upon me?” Things had gotten so bad that they came to Jeremiah asking: [Jeremiah 17:15] “Where is the Word of the Lord? Let it come now!!” The Word of the Lord had already spoken to the fact that their sins and iniquities were withholding the goodness of the Lord that they had been used to enjoying. [Jeremiah 5:25] “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you.”] The good life was all but gone in Judah. They were now facing financial problems, family problems, health problems, social problems; as a matter of fact you would have been hard pressed to find any area of their lives that were not in trouble. That is the sure future for those who forsake the Lord. Anyone of these problems in themselves would have been enough to have had a devastating effect upon the nation, but with all of them at one time and no answers for any of them meant sure destruction.

America, like all nations, have always had her share of problems that seemed insurmountable; educational crisis, incurable diseases, an economic de­pression, social unrest, etc., but we have always discovered the solutions in time to spare us of unthinkable horrors. A man with the answer has always come through. But never in the history of our nation have we had so many problems at the same time, and never have they been so complicated.

Our financial problem is a case in point. The wisest minds in our nation have no clue or consensus of how to get America out of the financial mess we find ourselves in. They are just taking shots in the dark and in the end we are finding our debt is just larger, and we have just thrown good money after bad, the unemployment rate remains the same with no relief in sight, and the wisest minds are just left more confused than ever. You can see the same results in our fight against AIDS, in our struggle to curtail the illegal drug problem, in our strug­gle to deal with the illegal immigration crisis, our educational crisis, etc., etc. No nation can survive long without finding a solution to these problems.

Judah should not have been surprised by the state of derision they found themselves in. Early in Jeremiah’s ministry the Lord had told him to warn them that: [Jeremiah 2:19] “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee…” Consequences have a way of reproving us and forcing us to correct our course. When your head down a dead end road sooner or later you are forced to turn around or remain stalled on a dead end road going nowhere. That is where Judah was at, they had come to the end of the road, with so many negative consequences as a result of their backsliding from the Lord, they could go nowhere but down without turning around and re­turning to the Lord, and they were not willing to do that, so their end was in­evitable.

America is where Judah was at in her end days. In such derision from so many complicated problems, making it is impossible for us to move forward as a nation. That is where the Lord wants us, now is the time for America to listen to what the Lord had to say to Judah at this point in their history, listen: [Jeremiah 6:16] “Thus saith the Lord, Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the Old Paths, where is the good way, and walk in it, and ye shall find Rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it.”

Go back to the Old Paths laid out in the Word of God, that is all the Lord said they had to do to find a way out of the maze of problems, and to find rest from the weariness they were experiencing from the toils of trying to solve all of their problems, but they refused to do so, and were eventually lost to the judg­ment of God. In Washington D.C. many of the greatest minds are resigning their positions and returning home, exhausted from trying to find solutions for our many derision’s. Jeremiah realized the Lord was: [Jeremiah 17:13] “The Hope of Israel…” and “…all who forsake thee shall be ashamed.” (i.e. they will be disgraced. they will be buried in the dust of the earth…) These verses apply for America today as well. Without the Lord we are without hope and our future can only be one of disgrace and dust, a shameful death as a nation. That was the fate of rebellious and unrepentant Judah that will be the fate of America if we remain unrepentant in these days of DERISION our nation is going through!!

[Psalms 2:4] “He who sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”

The Lord shall always have the last laugh!!

VI. SIMILARITY NUMBER SIX: JUDAH WAS A NATION IN DENIAL

In the midst of their division, defiance, decline, depravity, and derision the nation remained in a state of DENIAL. They couldn’t believe it was their sins that had brought such devastation upon their land. [Jeremiah 16:10] “Why hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord?” They refused to believe that the Lord could prove a case against them for which they deserved His judgment and the false prophets in the land were eager to tell them that everything was alright and the problems would work themselves out as they al­ways had.

Their future was bright, they said. [Jeremiah 14:13] “Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place!”

Jeremiah spent 40 plus years warning his nation, but no one took him se­riously, the nation as a whole remained in the state of Denial. The same was true of Noah’s society, God had determined judgment for their wickedness and like he did Jeremiah, He called out Noah to warn his society of pending judgment, but they too remained in a state of Denial, and we are told in [Matthew 24:38, 39] “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And KNEW NOT until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son on Man be!”

“By Faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house…” Hebrews 11:7

Did you notice what the people were doing while Noah was preaching and preparing the Ark for a refuge from the judgment to come? They were paying him no attention, they were in a state of Denial, and went on with life as usual. That was a disastrous mistake and it turned out to be a drastic mistake for Judah as well, and it will be a deadly mistake for America as well. Yet I must say that as I see the end drawing nearer for our nation I see indifference and unbelief among the Lord’s people like I have never seen in my 32 years as a pastor. It is the Days of Noah, where the people seem to be frozen in a state of Denial, but that must not keep the Prophet from continuing to preach and warn his people. Our job is to preach, the peoples responsibility is to hear and heed and the Lord with be faithful to fulfill His role of either Savior or Judge.

I must move on but before I do I would like to ask you a question to ponder. What if your doctor told you that you had a deadly virus and you needed to return to him and let him treat you and cure you or face a sure death? What would hap­pen if you refused to accept his diagnosis, and just choose to go into a state of denial, thinking that if you didn’t face it, that it would sooner or later go away? The answer is simple, you would eventually die and nobody would be more sur­prised than you!! That is what happened to Judah; they refused to accept the Lord’s diagnosis and return to Him for their healing, and eventually died as a nation.

That is where America is headed as sure as did Judah, as sure as did Noah’s generation, as sure as did Sodom and Lot’s wife. The Fear of God is our salvation. The Fear of God is to simply begin to take Him and his Word seriously enough to believe it and act upon it. [Hebrews 11:7] “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, Moved With Fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

America, the dark cloud of judgment looms over our land, and it is certain that it is soon to be raining the judgment of the Lord down upon us. Take the Lord seriously, run for the ark of refuge that is in Jesus and Jesus alone.

Do not believe the lie that just because you attend church you are immune from judgment, [Jeremiah 7:4] or that America is special and beyond the reach of God’s judgment. That is playing the fool and the hypocrite. [Romans 2:11] “For there is no respect of persons with God” Nor does He play favorites with nations, allowing some nations to live wickedly and some not to do so.

Judah was [Zechariah 2:7] “…the apple of His eye” , yet that did not spare them from the judgment of God, as a matter of fact “…judgment Must Begin at the House of God…” [1 Peter 4:17]

There is no hope for the hypocrite. [Job 8:13-15] “… and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Whose confidence (hope) shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.” O, you who hold fast to your Denial, you shall find your house will fall around you and great will be the fall thereof! Don’t say, “It couldn’t happen to us.” That is what the people in Noah’s days were saying until the waters where running into their nostrils.

VII. SIMILARITY NUMBER SEVEN:  JUDAH WAS A NATION DESTROYED

[Jeremiah 39:1, 2] “…came  Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, and all his army against Jerusalem, and besieged it….the city was broken up.”

[Babylonian Army Destroys Jerusalem and Carries the Jews Away Captive]

Thus, the unbelievable happened, the end came just as Jeremiah had warned it would for 40 plus years. Many would be led away captive to Babylon, many would flee to Egypt, but many lay in the dust of the earth, dead, just as their beloved nation now was. America surely awaits a similar fate if we continue in our unrepentant state. No one can look at the similarities between our two na­tions and then expect our ends to be different.

1. Who God Is Assures Judgment:

A. He Is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords [1Timothy 6:15]

B. He Is Holy [1Peter 1:16]

The ruler of the universe is holy and His holiness demands that He must judge sin. The Lord judges nations as well as individuals.

2. What God Has Said Assures Judgment:

A. [Psalms 9:17] “The wicked shall be turned into H-E-L-L and ALL the Nations that forget God.”

B. [John 10:35] “… the scripture cannot be broken.”

3. What God Has Done Assures Judgment:

A. [2Peter 2:4] “…God spared not the angels that sinned …”

B. [2Peter 2:5] “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah …”

C. [2Peter 2:6] “And. turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes”

D. [1Corinthians 10:5] “… for they were overthrown in the wilderness.” (Speaking of the generation of Israelites that Moses led out of Egypt.)

If a man or a nation wants to know what they can expect from the Lord in the future all they need to do is to look and see what He has done in the past. This foretells a dark future for America.

*[Psalms 9:16, 17] “The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into H-E-L-L, and ALL the NATIONS that forget God.”

*[Proverbs14:34]  ”Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

VIII. THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR NATIONS

Though there are many eerie similarities between our two nations there is one eerie difference between the two of us. Judah had a Covenant Relationship with the Lord. [Jeremiah 11:2, 6] The Lord had created the Nation for Himself and for His purposes. He had made them unbreakable promises. They would be the Nation through which the Messiah would come; the Messiah and His Kingdom would rule the world one day from Jerusalem, upon the Throne of David.

To have a Kingdom there must be a Land and a Throne from which to reign. Abraham and his seed were promised the land of Israel as an everlasting posses­sion, and King David was promised that his descendent would set upon his throne and reign from Jerusalem forever. That is why we see the Lord promising Judah that even though they would be carried away captive and their nation dev­astated, that in 70 years He would restore them to the land after His judgment had broken them of their idolatry. [Jeremiah 25:11; 27:32; 29:10; 30:17]

America has no such covenant relationship with the Lord, He has made us no promise to continue us as a nation, and as a matter of fact most Bible scholars do not believe that America is even mentioned in End Time Prophecies. How could the America of today not even be important enough to mention in the world events at the end of time? That in itself may tell us volumes about what is in store for America. What is not said, may say it all! There is one thing that is for certain, when it comes to the subject of our future, and that is, we have no promises from the Lord to continue us as a nation in His Word, and the only hope for our future is that we continue to be pleasing in His sight and fit to be used for His glory. [Jeremiah 18:1-3; 19:1-11]

As we stand today we can safely assume that we meet neither one of those criterion. The criterion we do meet, as we have seen in our similarities between America and Judah, is the criterion which the Lord looks for in a nation who is worthy of His judgment.

[Jeremiah 5:9] “Shall I not punish for these things? saith the Lord; and shall not my soul be avenged on Such a Nation As This?”

[Jeremiah 17:12-14] “A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake thee shall be Ashamed, and they who depart from me shall be Written In The Earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise!”

All who have eyes to see and ears to hear can see through this message that certain judgment awaits our nation, there is no question IF the Lord is soon to judge us in a severe fashion, the only question is to what degree will He judge us and do we still have an opportunity to repent and return to Him, averting judgment and experiencing His healing of our land.

There is more certainty for the individual. No matter what our nation chooses to do, you can choose to repent and rededicate your life to the Lord and know His sure love and favor no matter what the future may hold for our nation. If you are reading this message and realize that you are a lost soul, you too can be assured that if you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart and are willing to open the door of your heart and invite Him in, He gives you the certain promise that He will have mercy upon you and save you. You must first realize that you are a sinner [Romans 3:23] and that as a sinner you owe a sin debt, a debt that you cannot pay without going to H-E-L-L for eternity. [Romans 6:23]

But Jesus in His great love for you was willing to die upon the Cross and shed His blood that your sins may be paid for. [Romans 5:8] And His promise is sure, that if you will repent and call upon Jesus and Jesus alone to save you that He will hear the cry of your heart and honor His Word and save you in an instant. [Romans 10:13] But I must warn you, that you too may wait too long to reach out to Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life. You run the chance of His Return and you being left behind for the judgment to follow, you may have death catch you unaware and die in your sins and be doomed to H-E-L-L for eternity. You may, in putting off your salvation when the Lord speaks to you encouraging you to come to Him, so offend the Lord that you may sin away your day of grace –mean­ing the Lord would never bother you about your salvation ever again.

Too many awful things could happen to you if you put off your salvation for another day. I have spoken to several people about their salvation, only to have them put it off until tomorrow and tomorrow never came. Today if you hear His Voice harden not your hearts, but open it and let Jesus come in. You will never regret that you did, but you can be sure that all who do reject Him will live to regret that fateful decision. Please pray for our country, that the Lord would do for us what we cannot do for ourselves and give to us what we do not deserve, but what we certainly need and that is Revival. O Lord, we need Thy Mercy and Thy Grace in this dark hour in our nation.

Be merciful and Revive Thy Work, and in Wrath remember Mercy.[Habakkuk 3:2] “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was AFRAID; O Lord, REVIVE thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; In Wrath Remember Mercy!!”

Epilogue:

Jeremiah was about five years into his ministry when the Lord gives him a strange command. He was to stop praying for his nation, [Jeremiah 7:16] even though the Lord ordered him to continue his preaching to the nation, warning them of the Lord’s coming judgment at the hand of the Babylonian invasion. [Jeremiah 7:27] This would have certainly left Jeremiah without any expectation that his nation would ever listen to him and obey his command to repent and return the the Lord.

In other words, the Lord was telling Jeremiah to, “Stop praying Jeremiah, but keep on preaching.” Most of us would have thought if the people were not listening to his preaching then that would have been the time for him to begin to pray like never before. And that would have been right except for the fact that the Lord now sees that they will never repent and there is no use to continue to pray for them. They are hardened in their sin, rebellion and unbelief. They are married to it and no amount of praying is going to change them. Prayer is what had withheld the Lord’s judgment, but his preaching would now hasten and en­hance the Lord’s inevitable judgment.

At the same time all the other preachers in the land were preaching to the people, “pay no attention to the traitor, this was God’s land and we are His people, God has always blessed us, fought for us, and delivered us, and He will always continue to do so.”

The people found it next to impossible to believe that the Lord would be so severe with them, as to bring upon them the evils Jeremiah was Prophesying to them about. But eventually The Lord would make good on His Threats, and the Nation would lie in shambles for more than a century. Thousands would die from the sword (war), famine, and diseases. Thousands would flee their land for shelter in Egypt. Thousands more would be forced marched to Babylon, where they would hang their harps in the trees, never again in their life time to have a song to sing from their broken hearts.

Many people in America feel immune from the Lord’s Judgment, just as did Jeremiah’s generation, and many so called preachers, like the false prophets in Jeremiah’s day, are whitewashing the sins of the nation and falsely predicting continued peace, prosperity, and safety. Sadly, our Nation is also choosing to believe this lie and continue in it’s rebellion, showing no signs that we will ever truly repent and return to the Lord Jesus.

We are left to wonder if the full cup of God’s Wrath tarries to overflow upon America because the Lord is still giving us time to Repent and to Return to Him, or is it because, like Judah, He is waiting for us to fill our cup of sin to the brim, making us truly worthy of the terrible wrath He has already prepared for America. We may have gone past the point of no return, or at the least we are coming very close to crossing the line that separates a nation from the Lord’s Grace or His Wrath.

The final TWO acts America could commit that would assure our demise would be to add to our list of CRIMES against the Lord, the HIGH CRIMES of Fully Embracing the Evil of Homosexuality, and the Turning of Our Back On the Nation of Israel.

The Pro-Homosexual, Pro-Muslim, Pro-Arab, Anti-Christian, Anti-Israel, Anti-American President Obama, and the Radical Left that holds sway in America today, almost assure that this day will come, it is just a matter of time, and then our Cup of Crimes against the Lord will be filled to the brim, the end will be upon us, and there will be no turning back.

(The Re-Election of Obama would assure that this would be the course America will take!!)

That God would Judge our Nation is impossible for the average citizen to believe, even those who profess to be Christians, but I remind you, that was the feelings of the majority in Jeremiah’s day as well, but they were dead wrong and so are those who hold to such false hopes today in America.

Action Point:

After looking at these eerie similarities between America and Judah – America now and Judah when she was in her End Days as a Nation –I want to ask you to be honest with yourselves and with the Lord, and to allow Him to ex­amine your heart to see if there is any wicked way in you. If there is, I am also asking you to REPENT of it, lay it at the foot of the Cross and ask Jesus for His forgiveness on the basis of the Blood He shed at Calvary for you and I.

Then I am asking you to begin to pray as never before for a genuine revival among the people of God –a revival whose fire would sweep through our nation destroying the works of the evil one, purging sin from lives and setting our souls on fire for Jesus.

May the Lord Bless and Revive You and our Nation!!!

~Jack Woodard

1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5,7

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LESSONS FROM HAGGAI

TEXT:  HAGGAI
TITLE: LESSONS FROM HAGGAI

#1. UNFAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD HAS SEVERE CONSEQUENCES: [1:2; 2:2]

A.    Rebuild [1:2]

B.    Residue [2:2]

These two words show us the severe consequences Judah had suffered for their unfaithfulness to the Lord. The Babylonians had destroyed their Temple and many of the people who had not been killed or escaped to Egypt had been deported to Babylon. All was the result of their unfaithfulness to the Lord.

#11. REPENTANCE MAY NOT MEAN EVERYTHING WILL BE AS IT WAS: [2:3]

Even though the Nation had endured their chastening and the people to whom Haggai was speaking to had returned to the land and had made an attempt to rebuild their lives and their nation it was not going to be as glorious as it had once been.

Our SINS will always limit our future. Even when we repent and return unto the Lord we may find as did Judah that things may never be what it once was even though the Lord has forgiven us and restored our fellowship with Him.

A.    Relationships May Never Be the Same

B.    Responsibilities May Never Be the Same

C.    Riches May Never Be the Same

 

#111. IN THE COMING KINGDOM AGE JESUS WILL MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER THAN IT EVER WAS: [2:7-9]

Haggai encourages his people that even though things were not what they once were their repentance and rebuilding was well worth their efforts. To these faithful the Lord will one day destroy all the works of man’s hands and establish His Kingdom, a Kingdom that will be more glorious than anything the hands and minds of men has ever created.

The hope that Calvary gives to frail sinners is that one day Jesus will make all things new, [Revelation 21:5] our old sinful nature and it’s severe consequences upon ourselves and others will be a thing of the painful past.

What a glorious day that will be, all because of Jesus’ love for us that was demonstrated at Calvary.

~JACK WOODARD
1Cor.2:2; 2Cor.4:5

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DANIEL: AN EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIAN LIVING IN A GODLESS WORLD

DANIEL: AN EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIAN LIVING IN A GODLESS WORLD.

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JOSHUA CALLS HIS NATION TO REVIVAL

JOSHUA CALLS HIS NATION TO REVIVAL.

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JESUS IS AWARE OF OUR DEEDS AND HE CARES ABOUT WHAT HE SEES!

JESUS IS AWARE OF OUR DEEDS AND HE CARES ABOUT WHAT HE SEES!.

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“WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH MAY BE THE LORD’S WAY OF PREPARING YOU TO MEET HIM”

TEXT:   AMOS 4:12

TITLE: PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD

[SOME WAYS THE LORD USES TO PREPARE MEN TO MEET HIM!]

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

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 The Prophet Amos had called his Apostate Nation to Repent and Return to the Lord or face the Sure and Severe Judgment of God. These warnings had time and time again fell on deaf ears and now the time to face the Lord had arrived. The end had come.

To all of us the end will one day come for us as well [Hebrews 9:27], and the question we must ask ourselves is; “Are We Prepared To Meet the Lord?” [2 Peter 3:9] tells us that; “The Lord is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to Repentance.” Time and time again, in His long-suffering, the Lord has reached out to us in many ways to call us to Repentance and Faith in Jesus so that we too may be Prepared to Meet the Lord.

Have you ever gave thought to the fact, that if you have never been Saved, that many things that you have experienced in your life have been the Lord working in your life trying to tell you that you were not ready to die and to meet the Lord at the Judgment and that He wants you to Repent and Turn to Jesus so that He can Forgive you and Save you? Let me share a few experiences you may have had that was really an encounter with the Lord. You may have missed connecting the dots back to Him, but it was Him never the less. Take a moment and reflect upon this message and see if the Lord may use it to give you another chance to connect with Him.

I. A DRY RUN

Many times we will see groups like, Hazardous Waste Emergency Response Teams and other First Responders, plan and go through a simulated exercise to make sure they are ready for the real thing if and when it may occur. That is called a DRY RUN.

The DRY RUN that I am referring to is when one may have a Near Death experience from an accident, a heart attack, a stroke, etc. I am convinced that these experiences are purposeful. I believe that the Lord may take a lost person through a Dry Run with Death to show them that they are not Prepared to Die and to Meet Him.

Many people have reported how they turned to Jesus for salvation after having such a brush with death, and in that moment they realized they were not ready to go out into eternity and meet the Lord. If you have had such an experience, do not pass it off as just a part of life. Think about it!!

 II. A DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP

Many a person has finally turned to Jesus when they have experienced Difficulties in a Relationship with a Friend, a Mate, a Co-Worker, etc. When all others have failed them and forsaken them, leaving them with a broken heart and so lonely that they thought they were going to die, it is then many have turned to Jesus, the Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, a Love that will love you to the very end, a healer of broken hearts. Are you or have you experienced a Difficult Relationship with another and have had your world turned upside down, then, it is time for you to turn to Jesus. It is very likely the Lord is calling you to Himself at that moment. Think about it!!

III. A DISTURBING REPROOF

In every Lost person’s life there will come a time that the Lord’s Spirit will use a Preacher like Amos of old, a Parent, or another person to reprove you, to censure you, to express disapproval and disappointment in you for your actions and way of life. It is then that the Holy Spirit will take that Reproof and Convict you that YOU ARE A SINNER in need of a Savior. Many have turned to Jesus in those moments but many more have become offended at the Preacher or the one that has corrected them and became hard and stiff-necked instead of Repenting and Turning to Jesus!! What have you done in this moment that the Lord was reaching out to you through His Reproof? Think about it!!!

IV. A DEVASTATING REPORT

How devastating it must have been for many to have heard the Prophet Amos to really be declaring to them that The End Had Come. Many have turned to the Lord upon receiving a devastating report from their Doctor that their end was near. My Mother was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and after several rounds of Chemo Treatments I was with her when her Doctor told her that they were doing no good and that there was nothing more they could do for her, but to try to control her pain in the last days and hours of her life. Many of you have been there also. Many have turned to Jesus after receiving such a Devastating Report. Others have had a knock on the door or a phone call, giving them the Devastating Report of a loved one’s death. My sister came to Jesus just days after her first husband was killed in a car wreck. The Lord will not waste a broken heart. He will use it to call you to Himself. If you are still a lost soul and somewhere in your past you have had a devastating report, did you recognize that Jesus was calling you as a broken – hearted sinner and a heavy laden sufferer to Repent and Turn to Him for Salvation? Think About It!! It is not too late to still turn to Him today!!

May I challenge you to examine your life today, if you have never Repented and Turned to Jesus and Jesus ALONE for Salvation, then I can assure you that if you have experienced a Dry Run with death, a Difficult Relationship or a Disturbing Reproof for your way of life and these experiences have left you devastated and lonely, you need not be, this is Jesus standing at the door of your heart and knocking, seeking for you to open the door of your heart and let Him in!!  Think About It!!

[John 3:16] “For God So Loved The World, that he gave His only begotten Son,(Jesus) that whosoever (that means you) believeth IN HIM (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life!!”

[Romans 10:13] “For whosoever (that means you) shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!!”

THINK ABOUT IT. ARE YOU PREPARED TO MEET GOD? IF NOT, WILL YOU DO SO TODAY? IF NOT, WHY NOT?

We all must die and go out into eternity in Heaven or @#!*%. Heaven is a Prepared Place for a Prepared People! “Today if you will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts…” [Hebrews 3:7, 8]

~JACK WOODARD

[1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5]

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THE NEED TODAY FOR INCREASING ONES FAITH IN JESUS

<strong>TEXT:  JOHN 4:46-54

TITLE: EVER INCREASING FAITH

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

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 INTRODUCTION:

[2 Corinthians 5:7] tells us that as Christians “…we walk by faith, not by sight.” In other words, we live out our everyday lives by believing what the Word of God says and not by what the circumstances around us may look like. We take the Lord’s Word as fact and not what may look like the facts from the world around us.

[2 Timothy 3:1], along with many other Scriptures, tell us that these “Last Days” will be characterized as “Perilous Times.” Difficult and Dangerous people will make life very difficult and dangerous for the people and the world around them.

For the Christian, it will be absolutely necessary that as the days grow more difficult that our Faith in Jesus continue to expand as well. In these serious times we are already seeing that those with a Shallow Commitment to Jesus, and a Shallow Faith in Him, are becoming the victims of our times and not Victors over them. Trials and temptations are conquering what seems to be the majority of those who claim to be Christians. Our Faith in Jesus MUST continue to expand if we are going to make it in these Perilous Times.

In our text we have an incident that took place in the life of Jesus that gives us the story of a certain nobleman who was from Capernaum. This nobleman had a son at home, who was so sick that he was knocking on deaths door. He comes to Jesus in a panic, begging Jesus to rush to Capernaum and heal his son before he dies. This wonderful story gives a picture of a man whose Faith in Jesus started out in the infant stage and continued to expand until he was living a victorious life of faith in Christ. This story gives us an opportunity to Evaluate Our Faith. We can see if our Faith is Infant Faith, or an Increasing Faith we too need in these days and the days ahead of us, if we are to live a victorious life.

1. LET‘S EVALUATE OUR FAITH [JOHN 4:46-54]

This nobleman‘s Faith in Jesus starts as infant Faith, but quickly begins to increase. As we look at his Faith we can evaluate our own Faith.

A. Signs of Infant Faith [v.v.47-49]

 1. They Only Need Jesus When They Are In a Crisis. [v.47…at the point of death.]

 We have no record that this nobleman ever had any interest or need of Jesus until he was stricken by this horrible crisis in his life. That is a sign of Faith in its infant stage, if one is a believer. There is a paradox between weak Faith and strong Faith, and that is, the stronger your Faith in Jesus is, the more weak you feel, and the greater you sense your need of Jesus every day and in every way. The weaker your Faith in Jesus is, the stronger you feel and the less you feel you really need Jesus in your everyday life. Those with infant Faith like this nobleman must be driven to Christ by a crisis. You never see this type of person in Church unless they are experiencing a crisis. These are the people whose lives just go from one crisis to the next.

2. They Will Only Believe If They Can See It First 

[v. 48…Except ye SEE…you will not believe…”]

 To those with infant Faith, seeing is believing. To the strong in Faith, “Faith is the substance of things Hoped for, the evidence of things Not Seen.” [Hebrews 11:1]

 The weak in Faith refuse to believe until it comes to pass, the strong in Faith, sees it as done in their hearts before they see it done in reality.

 3. They Put the Emphasis on the Temporal and Physical […heal his son…v.49]

 Here is a father who is understandably worried about his sons physical health, but we do not see that when he first came to Jesus that he was concerned about his sons eternal soul going to @#!*% upon his death. He should have been praying; “Oh, Jesus, please save him and don’t let him die and go to @#!*% .”

Most Churches show their infant Faith at Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. Most, if not all or our prayer requests are like the nobleman’s, just for the physical health and healing of our loved ones and friends, when many of those friends and family members are also lost souls. We should be praying about Kingdom matters and eternal matters, and we will be if we ever grow up.

4. They Dictate to the Lord in Their Prayers [Sir, come down…v.49]

 Those weak in Faith always want to tell the Lord their problems, and then tell Him how to go about fixing them. Those with a more mature Faith will bring their needs to Jesus and may even share with Him what they would like for Him to do, but they will always qualify their requests with a “NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE!” We learn when the Lord answers our prayers He does so in His time and in His way, and it is always much better than what we would have had the Lord to do. We have learned not to dictate to the Lord. He will not be dictated to, and he always does what He does perfectly, so we see that we need not dictate to Him.

5. They Are Always Impatient with Jesus [Sir, come down BEFORE…v.49]

 Infant Faith always want Jesus to come now, hurry, do it now, there is no time to waste. These people have little patience with Jesus. If He doesn’t do it in a hurry, then they give up on Jesus and take the matter into their own hands, or go elsewhere for help.

B. Signs of Increasing Faith [v.v.48-53]

 It wasn’t long until we see this nobleman’s Faith in Jesus begin to increase. We see his growth in the following changes that take place in his attitude towards Jesus.

 1. He Was Open to The Lord’s Correction and Rebuke [v.48]

 Jesus gently rebukes the make and begins to show him the errors of his ways and thinking. No one will ever grow unless they are willing to receive correction, and even rebuke at times.

[PROVERBS 1:5] “A wise man will hear, and will Increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain into wise counsel.”

 [PROVERBS 1:7] “…fools despise wisdom and instruction.” *[PROVERBS 15:10, 12]

 Infant Faith will not take correction they are too prideful to do so. Many would have stomped away from Jesus offended, letting their child die, rather than to have humbled themselves under Jesus’ rebuke.

2. He Was Willing To Take Jesus at His Word

[Go thy way; thy son liveth…the man believed…and he went…v.50]

 The nobleman now is willing to take Jesus at His Word and Obey Him before the healing took place. That is a sign of growing Faith in Jesus. We know that Jesus’ Word is as good as gold. We know that if He has heard our plea and given us a Word it is as good as done.

My wife’s brother broke his neck years ago, while just in is early 20’s.The Doctor’s told the family that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life, but the Lord immediately gave my wife and I the encouragement that that would not be the case if we would pray and fast for the Lord to heal him. We had a calm assurance as we begin what would eventually be a 6 month ordeal. We would pray many times a day, as a matter of fact we were in continual prayer for 6 months. Many times I would pray and feel a sweet peace from Jesus and then I would call the hospital to check on his progress only to be told that he was doing worse or at times we would be told that there was no change in his condition. I was so up and down until one day I just decided I was going to stand on the Word that the Lord had given me, no matter what his circumstance were at the moment. Within  6 months he would walk out of the hospital with just a slight limp, left no doubt to help him to remember from where the Lord had brought him.

I would learn a valuable lesson about Faith in Jesus, and that is, we must learn to take Him at His Word and patiently wait for it to come to pass. You are increasing in faith if you are learning this lesson.

3.  He Began To Demonstrate Patience and a Peace of Heart In the Middle of His Crisis […yesterday…v.52]

 When the nobleman first came to Jesus he was impatient and anxious, but now we see a peace and confidence that has him at perfect rest.

It was about 15 to 20 miles from Capernaum to where Jesus was at, a trip that a hurried man could make easily in a days time, but when he learns of his sons healing we are told that it was “yesterday”, indicating that he had not made it back home yet. What a difference we see in this man as he makes his way back him. There is no rush in him. There is no anxiousness about him, just a man who is a perfect peace, at rest in the Word of God.

When you are in a storm and the storm is not in you, you can be sure that your Faith is increasing.

4. He Credits Jesus for His Miracle and Blessing

[So the father KNEW that it was…JESUS…v.52]

 After an answered prayer and a miracle, those who are weak in Faith always tend to explain it away in their hearts as just a Coincidence, or the results of our efforts or the efforts of the doctor or medicine, etc. Mature Faith never has a question about the source of their blessings and miracles, like the nobleman, they know it was Jesus!!

5. He Sees the Importance of Leading Others to Saving Faith in Jesus

[…he himself believed, and his whole house.v.53]

 There is no doubt it was the nobleman that led his whole family to put Faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They were not sick, nor are we told of any others problems in the home, but now the nobleman sees that man’s greatest need is to personally know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The healthiest and wealthiest person without Jesus is in the most horrible state that a man can be in, Lost and Undone Without God or His Son. Man’s greatest need is Jesus, the forgiveness of their sins, and eternal life. The nobleman’s son would live to die again, but now he is in heaven with Jesus and not @#!*% , is that not man’s greatest need? Those of a mature Faith, sees the importance of seeing others come to Faith in Christ just as they have, especially those of their own households.

Evaluate your Faith against the nobleman’s journey of Faith. Is yours still and infant Faith or is their evidence that your faith is an ever increasing faith? In these days either our Faith will grow or our fears will. Let it be your Faith in Jesus, he is worthy of your complete trust no matter your circumstances.

11. LET’S EXPAND OUR FAITH [Lord Increase Our Faith…Luke 17:5]

 A. The Necessity for Increasing Our Faith

1. The Degradation of the World

a. Increased satanic activity

  [Matthew 24:4, 5, 11 *1Timothy 4:1, 2 *2 Timothy 3:1-13]

 b. Increased sinful activity

 “…iniquity shall abound…” [Matthew 24:12]

 c. Increased selfish activity

 (“For men shall be lovers of their won selves.” [2 Timothy 3:2]

 d. Increased suffering affirmed [2 Timothy 3:1, 12]

 [2 Timothy 3:1 “Perilous times”] *[2 Timothy 3:12 “…shall suffer…”]

 

2. The Damage of Weak Faith

a. Weak Faith hinders the Lord

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief” [Matthew 13:58]

 b. Weak Faith deprives us of the Lord’s prepared blessings

“So we see that they could not enter in because of their unbelief.” [Hebrews 3:19]

“…according to your Faith be it unto you.” [Matthew 9:29]

c. Weak Faith allows for emotional problems in our lives

 “…be anxious for nothing…” [Philippians 4:6]

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow.” [Matthew 6:33]

d. Our weak Faith can deprive others of the Lord’s blessings for them

The example of the unbelief of the 10 spies in [Numbers 13:26-33] shows how ones unbelief can cost many others the Lord’s blessings that He has for them. Many Churches have gone unblessed of the Lord because the voices of unbelief have been allowed to rule the day.

B. The Means for Increasing Our Faith in Jesus

1. The Bible 

“So then faith cometh by hearing…the Word of God [ROMANS 10:17]

2. By Remembering the Lord’s Past Blessings

 […and do ye not remember…Matthew 16:6”]

 

3. By Our Obedience to the Lord

 “…and Prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of host” [Malachi 3:10]

Often times for a young Christian to see his Faith to grow must just bite the bullet and determine he is going to obey the Lord’s orders and try the Word to Prove if the Lord and His Word is trustworthy. That is what Malachi is challenging his doubtful people to do.

 4. By Prayer

 “Lord, I believe; help though mine unbelief” [Mark 9:24]

 “Lord, increase our faith” [Luke 17:5]

 Pray for Faith like you would pray for any other need.

5. By keeping Company With Men and Women of Faith

 “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…” [Hebrews 12:1]

 Faith like unbelief is contagious you can catch it from others, so keep company with men and women of Faith, and avoid like a plague those small people that are filled with doubts and unbelief.

6. Be Filled With the Holy Spirit

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is…faith” [Galatians 5:22]

 “In whom we have boldness…by the faith of Him” [Ephesians 3:12]

[*Acts 4:31 *Proverbs 28:1]

Jesus doesn’t have an ounce of doubt or unbelief in Him, and if you are FILLED with the Holy Spirit neither will you.

When I went into the ministry I was timid, but I realized there was no way a man could be in the ministry and be faithful to the Lord without a Holy Boldness, so I remember getting on my knees and prayed for the Lord to give me boldness, and I always say that the Lord gave me an over-dose. When you are Filled with the Holy Spirit you are filled with the Spirit of Faith and thus boldness. Boldness Is Faith In Action. The Filling of the Holy Spirit is a must for one to have a growing Faith.

 CONCLUSION

 In the days that we live in and are sure to face in the future, our Faith must be an Ever-Increasing Faith if we are to live victoriously, as well as living a life that will honor Jesus.

Evaluate Your Faith. If it is still in the Infant Stage, make a commitment to Jesus to expand it through every means He has made available to you.

If after evaluating your Faith and you see it is lacking, you need to be careful to make absolutely sure that you have truly repented of your sins and Trusted Jesus and Jesus alone as your Lord and Savior. In this matter you cannot afford to be wrong. It is the difference between Heaven and @#!*% .

“FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST!”  [Ephesians 2:8, 9]

~JACK WOODARD

[1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:5]

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JESUS IS AWARE OF OUR DEEDS AND HE CARES ABOUT WHAT HE SEES!

TEXT: PSALMS 10:11-14…JOHN 3:36…ROMANS 6:14

TITLE: THE LORD’S AWARENESS OF ALL MEN

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

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[Psalms 10:11-14] tells us that the unrepentant, unbelieving sinner likes to take comfort in the false belief that the Lord is indifferent to them and to their sin, that He never notices either them nor their sins, nor cares about our lives and how we live it, one way or the other. In reality we are told in [John 3:36] and [Romans 6:14, 15] that the Lord is indifferent to no one and to no sin in any individual. The Lord is personally aware of each one of us, and it does make a difference to Him how we live our lives, and in particular, what we do about JESUS in our lives. He is so aware, and so cares, that He has placed each of us into one of two categories. We each are either “Abiding Under God’s Wrath or Under His Grace!!” The sole difference lies in what a man has done with Jesus!! The Lord does know, and the Lord does care about what He knows about each of us.

For those of us who have come to know Jesus personally as our Lord and Savior, we take great comfort in the realization that Jesus’ ever watchful eye is upon us. [Psalms 121:4, 5] “Behold He who keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper…” We can lay down each evening and sleep like a baby, knowing that Jesus is on Sentry Duty, carefully watching over us at all times.

For the wicked and unrepentant sinner, we are told that the Lord is also watching their lives day in and day out. He is also taking notes, He is the Divine Detective, watching and taking note of their every movement, their every word, their every deed, and one day, those carefully recorded notes will be presented at the judgment day as part of the record that will prove their personal rejection of Christ as their Lord and Savior, and provide the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, [Acts 17:31] with the evidence that He will use to determine their degree of eternal punishment in their eternal abode, the Lake of Fire.[Revelation 20:11-15]  What a fearful thought, that the criminal’s eventual Judge, is now the Divine Detective whose Sleepless, All Seeing Eye, never misses a deed they commit, whose Omniscient Mind never forgets a deed, and whose Omnipotent Power can never be thwarted.

Let’s look at the scope of the Lord’s Awareness of each and every person, and His concern for what He sees, as taught in the Scriptures. To the many that are saved there could not be a more comforting thought, than to know that we are never, ever, out of His sight or mind. He never forgets us for a moment. To the many that are lost, there could be no greater incentive for them to immediately repent and turn to Jesus, than this great truth.

I. THE LORD IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO OUR SINS [PSALMS 10:14]

Satan, the subtle serpent, deceived Eve, the mother of the human race into believing this very lie in the Garden of Eden. After the Lord had given the command Not to Eat of the Tree Of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, [Genesis 2:15, 16] Satan struts into the Garden and deceives Eve into believing that God is all talk, that He really doesn’t care about whether you take Him and His Word serious or not. He’s bluffing. He just wants to be God. He just wants to be a dictator. Break loose and do your own thing, don’t take the Lord seriously, don’t worry about Him. Satan said that there will be no price to pay for disobedience, so there is no need to deny yourself, go ahead and partake of all that the world has to offer you, you only go around once, so eat, drink and be merry. The Lord is not watching over His Word, nor His Creation, He is all talk, there is no need to take His Word seriously, is the first lie man swallowed, and multitudes of Eve’s sons and daughters have swallowed that same lie from then to this very day. Is that so? What does God’s Word say, and is there proof from history that proves Satan is a liar, and the Lord said what He meant, and that He meant what He said? Yes there is, let’s look at what the Word says about Sin!!

A. Sin Is Transgression of the Law [Exodus 20:1-17; 1 John 3:4]

[1John 3:4] tells us that any and all Transgression of His Laws is classified by Him as SIN. His Law is found not only the 10 Commandments, but is all of His Word. Even though our society refuses to do so, the Lord does still call some things as Sin. Anytime that anyone disobeys the Lord’s Word, he or she has crossed the line, over which the Lord says if a man goes, he has sinned.

Satan has been masterful at getting America to eliminate the Bible from nearly all segments of our society, from the School House to the White House. We ignore and defy the clear teaching of the Word of God without fear or shame today. The sad truth is that many young adults and school age children in America have had very little, if any exposure to the Word of God, other than the constant ridicule they hear from most of those they have received their counsel and influence from in their formative years. For instance, many of their School Teachers who believe the Bible is the Word of God feel muzzled to say anything positive about the Bible and thus remain silent about the Bible, and many more feel the liberty to castigate doubt and ridicule upon the Bible to those same children. Those they Idolize, Ball Players, Movie Stars, TV Stars, Singers, Politicians, etc., set terrible examples for them, as a matter of fact they have become Satan’s Servants in seducing and luring our young people into the clutches of Satan. All we have to do is to look around at our broken society and see that God is telling us the truth when He said: “Be not deceived, God Is Not Mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7]

America and the Church in America must return to believing that the Bible is the Word of God, and to disobey and defy it is SIN. The corruption from disobedience is destroying us, it is literally killing us. The STENCH of DEATH is upon our Churches and our Nation. Sin IS Transgression of the Law of God. The fruits of our disobedience are crime, corruption, callousness, break down of the Home, etc., proves that disobedience to God’s Word is Sin, and that the Lord is not indifferent to His Word or to those who disobey it. We Must have a Revival of Believing The Bible is True and Authoritative, and to disobey or ignore it is Sin, and we sin to our own peril.

B. Sin Is Transgression Against the Lord [Psalms 51:4]

Sin is also seen as a personal affront to the Lord Himself. [Psalms 51:5] tells us that King David came to realize that when he took another man’s wife into his bed, he had not only sinned against her husband, but ultimately he had sinned against the Lord Himself. What made David feel that way? Why did David say that in taking another man’s wife that he had insulted the Lord? That he had offended and defied the Lord Himself? He did so because he knew that in the 10 Commandments the Lord had said: [Exodus 20:17] “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife…” (Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery) It was the Lord Himself that had given those commands to man, they were His Commandments and to disobey them was to disobey the Lord Himself, it was a Sin against the Lord Himself.

America may pull down the 10 Commandments from off of the Walls of our Schools and Court Houses, in an attempt to rid our society from any of their restraints, but the fact remains; [Psalms 12:6,7 ] “The Words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried (tested) in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt Preserve them from this Generation forever.” For generations the Foes of the Word had constantly attacked it, and its Friends have often been apathetic to it, yet the Word lives on. When its foes have bit the dust the Lord has stirred the hearts of His people to rise up and blow the dust from the Word and once again Preach it and Practice it. If the Lord tarries His Coming, this God Defying Generation will return to the dust from whence they came and the worms will eat their rotten corpse, and then the Truth that has fallen in the streets and been trampled on by this generation, will find in the next Generation the Lord will have His Faithful Few who will pick it up, clean it off, and once again place it back on those same Walls from where their forefathers had taken them down. They will put it back in their lives, their homes, their pulpits, and Jesus will once again be lifted up, and the WORD OF GOD WILL LIVE ON!!!   DO IT NOW LORD JESUS, DO IT NOW!!

C. Sin Is Transgression Against the Land [Psalms 10:16; Numbers 35:33,34 ; Deuteronomy 5:33]

Sin is not only Transgression against the Law and the Lord, but also against our Land. The Lord had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land filled with pollution and practices of the vile, perverted pagans who had inhabited the land. The Lord told His people to destroy these pagans and to rid the land of the pagans and their practices, and for the most part they did so. When they had conquered and settled the land they had a wonderful and pure place to live and to raise their children, free from filth and vice. The Lord had ordered them not to disobey His Word and Sin, because in doing so they would once again pollute and defile their land. Sadly, they did not heed the Lord’s warning, and in later years the land once again became cesspool of iniquity. They had sinned against the land as had the pagans that had inhabited the land before them. This sin would cause the Lord to shut up the heavens and cut off the former and latter rains, creating droughts and barren land, where there had once been green pastures and bountiful crops. This sin would bring disease and plagues where there once had been health and longevity of life. This sin would bring war and the land would be forced to drink the blood of its people as well as it foreign foes. They had sinned against their land.

When a people Sin, they Sin against their Land. We bring poverty where there has been plenty. We bring natural disasters where there had once been the smile of heaven. We bring war and blood where there had once been peace and prosperity. We bring disease in where there had once been health, we fill our cities and streets with crime and vice in the place of wholesome and peaceful neighborhoods. We transgress against our land.

This is what has happened to our Land. I grew up in an America that is nothing like the America we have today. AIDS was never heard of. Terrorist Attacks on our mainland was thought to be impossible. Wars were always fought on foreign soil, not upon ours. Our women and children could walk our streets at night without fear of being mugged or maimed. We were a Nation that offered the American Dream for all who would apply themselves. We were the land of opportunity and plenty, but that day has long since passed us by.

Now our children are inheriting an American Nightmare. They are growing up in a land where they are not even safe in their own homes. They never know when some drug crazed addict will attack or kill them for the money in their pockets to get another fix. They have to fear catching a deadly STD, they have to fear for their lives when they go to school. They never know if they are going to be a victim of a terrorist attack in our own cities. They cannot even turn on the television without being exposed to filth and vulgarity. They cannot take a drive on our highways without having to worry about the dozens of drunk drivers they will meet on the road. They now have a land of poverty and debt. They now have a national debt that has increased from 200 Billion in 1984 to 14 Trillion in 2011.  We have sinned against our land and are now living in the midst of a moral cesspool, streets that look more like a jungle after dark than civilization.

Much of this has happened as a result of the “Church’s Contamination.” We have become defiled by sin and are no longer the Salt and Light to our nation. If the Church is ever to have True Revival and regain our influence and moral authority within our nation, we must first become more concerned with the Sin that is WITHIN US than the SIN that is AROUND US!!

Much of this has also happened as the result of the “Church’s Toleration.” We have not only been guilty of sin within us, but we have also been too accepting of allowing sin around us. We don’t go to the polls to vote against gambling, alcohol, lottery, or any other vice. We have had a SO WHAT attitude towards sin for so long, that sin has become like a Cancer that has went unchecked and spread through our land, putting us at death’s door. “Woe to Them That Are At Ease in Zion.” [Amos 6:1]

When we do go to the polls we often shut our eyes to a candidate’s godless lives and beliefs if he promises to make us more prosperous. These same politicians have gone to Washington and have passed evil decrees, calling evil good and good evil. They legalize homosexuality and Gay Marriage, they promote gambling for the money it brings them, using the Prostitute’s excuse for doing so; “I DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I NEED THE MONEY.”

Christians must see that to be tolerant of sin is defiling and destroying our land. [1 Corinthians 5:6] “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” For me, the Homosexual does not have the RIGHT to Marry, to Adopt Children, to Teach Our Kids, To Hold Our Offices. This defiles the land where I live, it defiles the land for which I went to War as a youth, to protect our way of life for future generations. It defiles and destroys the land my kids and grandkids and yours, will have to grow up in.

D. Sin Is Transgression Against Life [Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:33]

The Lord warned that to Sin would also be to Transgress Against Life. [Romans 3:23] “For the wages of sin is death.” How often have we seen this to be true? The Lord tells us not to defile our bodies, yet people ignore not only the Lords warning, but even the warnings on the package and smoke, and with every cigarette they smoke their life span is shortened by several minutes, and eventually die with lung cancer, years before their time. The same could be said of alcohol and sex. Very few people would be so foolish as to put a bullet in the chamber of a hand gun and twirl that chamber and put it to his head and pull the trigger. Yet, in reality that is what a person is doing every time they choose to willfully disobey the Word of God.[ Hebrews 10:26,27,31 ] “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Let me not leave this point without giving a clear warning to the Child of God. You can sin and you may choose to sin, but you will not get away with sin either. [Hebrews 12:6,8] “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son He receiveth…But if ye be without chastisement, of which all are partakers, they are @#!*% (illegitimate) and Not Sons.” When you sin the Lord will never let you get by with it, and if you claim to be a Christian and have known sin in your life and the Lord is not whipping you for it, then you are NOT a Child of God. This ought to give pause to many on the rolls of our Churches today, that never show any evidence that the Lord and His Word has any place in their lives and heart.

II. THE LORD IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO OUR SUFFERINGS [PSALMS 10:14, 17-18]

The Psalmist was suffering spite and mischief at the hands of the wicked around him, and at the moment it felt as though the Lord was afar off and even in hiding when he needed Him the most.[Psalms 10:1 ] All of us have experienced the sting of suffering, and its sting is especially painful when it comes as you are trying your best to live right and do right. Injustice is then added to our suffering, making it an even harder pill to swallow. But what makes the sting almost unbearable is when you add the Lord’s seeming indifference to the wicked peoples persecution and injustices. That is where the Psalmist was at in his life, but he works his way through the deep struggles of faith to victory.

Like Job, there will be many struggles in our lives that we will never have the answers to, and we will have to learn to walk by our Faith in Jesus. I have heard many say that when we get to Heaven that the Lord will then answer all of these questions, that we never found answers to, but I believe that when we get to Heaven that it will not matter any longer, we will not need answers. We will then know as we can now know; [2 Corinthians 4:17] “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, WORKETH FOR US a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Heaven will be richer for our sufferings while here on earth, so much so that these present trials will never come to mind. That will be a great day, but in the mean time we must come to grips with suffering.

There are two great truths taught us in Scripture that will help us in those hours when the sting of suffering and injustice is compounded by the seemingly indifference of the Lord to our plight.

A. Suffering Is For a Reason [1Peter 1:7]

The first of those great truths is that Suffering in the life of a Child of God is always for a Reason. They are never without the Lord’s knowledge and permission. Peter tells us that there are times we NEED these trials in our lives, even manifold trials. These trials are allowed by the Lord when he sees that:

i. Our Flesh Needs Purged

The Lord has an end goal in mind for all of His Children, and that is for each of us, “…to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Jesus) We will never be perfect until we see Him face to face, [1 John 3:2] but from the day of our salvation until then, the Lord who,”…hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” [Philippians 1:6] There will be times, even seasons, that the Lord sees (even when we cannot see it) things of our flesh (the old nature) that need to be purged from us, and the best tool at His disposal to accomplish that is suffering and trials.

All of us who are Christians know that sufferings has helped us to grow spiritually more than anything else, and the times of greatest growth have been the times when the suffering has taken us into the deepest valleys, and have kept us there the longest. You can be assured if you are in a season of suffering the Lord has put you there to Purge Your Flesh and to grow you to new spiritual heights.

ii. Our Faith Needs Prodded

Times of ease and comfort can stymie the growth of our faith. Faith is like a muscle, if you do not exercise it, it will not grow. Suffering and trials are surely meant to get us to exercise our faith in the Lord. There will be times when you may be stripped of everything in our lives that you have been prone to lean upon. It is then, (when you are forced to) that you must learn to use your faith in Jesus. In [2 Corinthians 1:8-10] The Apostle Paul tells us that this is exactly what had happened to him. He had been brought to death’s door through some experience, and in this greatest trial he learned that Jesus was the only one who could deliver him. He lost faith in himself and all other things that he may have been prone to lean on during lesser trials. His faith was rewarded, the Lord delivered him from the sentence of death, and now his faith has so grown through this great trial, that he can now say that he has no doubt that Jesus will do it again when the need arises, as it surely will. That is what Jesus means for your trials to do for you. Are your trials prodding your faith to grow? Are your trials purging your flesh and making you more like Jesus?  Read [Psalms 119:67, 71] and see that the Psalmist looks back upon his afflictions and realizes that they were the very things that learned him to be an obedient and faithful Christian.

B. Suffering Is For a Season [1 Peter 1:6]

Peter also tells us that not only does every trial have a reason, but they all are also just for a season. Everything comes to pass in due season. The trials you are going through will pass. Often when we were young we felt our trials and heartaches would last forever. They felt as though they would be our lot for our entire lifetime, but they soon passed, and become a major part in making us the people that we are today. Take heart fellow sufferer, [Psalms 30:5] “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Morning will come, faithfully, joyfully, and patiently endure your trials. [James 5:11] “Behold, we count them happy who endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.” [Lamentations 3:22, 23] “It is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”

III. THE LORD IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO OUR SUPPLICATIONS [PSALMS 10:1; 65:2]

The Psalmist felt as if his prayers had gone unheard by the Lord. Who has not felt the same despair? It is clear from the rest of the chapter that the Psalmist was to learn that his prayers that seemed to have gone unanswered had not gone unheard by the Lord. Why then the Silence? What are we to make of those excruciating seasons of silence? What are we to know that will help our faith to see us through the silence? The Scripture teaches us at least three things we need to remember in these times.

A. Silence Tells Us The Lord’s Timing Has Not Yet Arrived. [Luke 11:9]

During the times of silence we are taught not to give up, but to keep praying and waiting upon the Lord’s timing. With the Lord everything waits upon His timing. Abraham and Sarah had to learn that hard lesson as they were forced to wait for years upon the son of promise.[Genesis 11:10-21:8] Promises and prayers are at times brought to pass immediately, but more often than not, they are to be had in the future. If the Lord has not told you to stop praying or to change your request, then you can be sure that Silence is only a sign to you that the Lord’s Timing Hasn’t Arrived. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking, the Lord will answer in His time and in His way.

B. Silence Tells Us That It Is a Good Time To Examine Our Lives. [Matthew 5:23; Psalms 66:18; Isaiah 59:1, 2]

[Matthew 5:23] tells us that at times when we come to the altar with our gifts and prayers, that the Lord will be unresponsive to you, except for reminding you of the wrongs that you have failed to right. All of us have went to prayer, seeking from the Lord a need, only to have our minds to become consumed by the thoughts of our un-confessed sins and un-righted wrongs towards another. If the Lord is Silent then it may be a good time for you to examine your life and see if there is anything that is between you and the Lord. Many times the only time the Lord can speak to one about the sins in their lives is when they come to Him with the supplications for their lives. If you are not getting answers, listen for orders, if you are not getting what you want from the Lord, listen to see if there is anything that He is wanting of you. Examine your lives.

C. Silence Tells Us That It Is Time To Pray Again. [Luke 11:9; 18:5…her continual coming…]

If the Lord is silent do not give up, it is time to pray again. The Lord tells us in [Luke 11:9], that closed doors open for those who keep on asking, and knocking. The Lord tells us in [Luke 18:5] even the most helpless among us can get answers if they keep on praying. Are your prayers unanswered? Does it seem that the Lord is indifferent to your supplications? Put such foolish thoughts aside and keep on praying.

IV. THE LORD IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO OUR SALVATION [JOHN 3:18, 36]

It is alarming to read surveys that show an increasing number of people in America today believe that if there is a God, that He, like them, sees all Religions as equally valid ways to heaven, He makes no distinction between the differing Faiths of the World. In 2008, a PEW Research Poll revealed that 82% of Protestants believe there are multiple paths to heaven, as did 79% of Catholics and 57% of evangelicals. Many are also coming to the conclusion that there is no need for any particular religious faith whatsoever. If there is a heaven, then everyone will end up there anyway, with the exception of the vilest among us, such as the Hitler’s, the Jeffery Dahmer’s, etc. They believe that man’s goodness far outweighs his badness.

Those views come from the dark and ignorant minds of men who have rejected the Word of God and the God of the Word. They have made up an imaginary of God in their own sinful minds that suits the evil and godless lives they have chosen to live.

The Bible reveals an altogether different God. It tells us time and time again that the Lord does put men and faiths into differing categories. In [Matthew 13:24-30] He tells us of the Wheat and Tares and how that one day He will separate the two, one in heaven and the other in @#!*% . In [Matthew 25:31-46] He speaks of the Sheep and the Goats, and again how they will be separated upon His return, one into everlasting punishment, the other into life eternal. In [John 8:44] Jesus said that some of His audience was “…of your father the devil…” In [John 3:3] Jesus said that “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Again in [John 3:16-19] Jesus classified some as Believers and some as Non

Believers. The non-believers were condemned and the believers were not condemned. In [John3:16] Jesus tells us that those who choose to Believe in Jesus will have everlasting life and those who choose not to Believe in Jesus will perish in a Devil’s @#!*% .

In [John 14:6] “Jesus saith unto him, (Thomas) I am the way, the truth, and the life; NO MAN cometh unto the Father but by Me.” Jesus tells us the He is the only way to heaven, there are not a thousand ways, nor is there two, there is just one way and Jesus it that way.

In [Acts 4:12] we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is NO other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Jesus tells us here that all men must be saved and that all men must be saved the same way, and that way is Jesus. Jesus also tells us here that everyone is not worshipping the same God with just a different name. He tells us that there is NO OTHER NAME whereby we must and can be saved other than the name of Jesus. [Romans 10:13] tells us; “For whosoever shall call upon the NAME of THE LORD (Jesus) shall be saved.” If a man is calling upon Buddha, he will die and go to @#!*% , there is no salvation in the name of Buddha. If a man calls upon Allah for salvation, he will die and go to @#!*% , for there is no salvation in the name of Allah. If a man doesn’t call upon these false gods and yet never calls upon the Name of Jesus either, he too will die and go to @#!*% .

A. God Sees All As Lost Sinners, Under the Sentence of Death [Romans 3:23; 6:23]

Death means separation from God in this life and in the next life if they die without knowing Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

B. God Sent His Son for All [John 3:16]

Jesus came into the world to live a sinless life so that He may be able to die as the sinner’s substitute to satisfy the justice of God and pay our penalty for the broken law.

C. God Slew His Son for All [Isaiah 53:5, 8, 10; Romans 5:8; 8:32]

D. God Saves All Who Call Upon Jesus [Romans 10:13; 2 Peter 3:9]

I never lead a sinner in prayer to ask the Lord to save them without first asking them to read aloud [Romans 10:13]. Then after they have prayed, I have them read it aloud once again, and then I always ask them if they truly asked Jesus to save them, and when they say that they have, I then ask them to tell me what Jesus promised them if they truly called upon Him to save them. They will say; “He will save me”, and then I tell them to stand on that promise from that day forward, no matter how they may feel, nor what others may try to tell them. God promised them eternal life for trusting Jesus, and God cannot lie. [Titus 1: 2]

CONCLUSION:

My friend, the message of the Bible is that since Adam’s fall, all have inherited his fallen nature and are sinners not only by choice, but also by nature. And as Adam was brought under the sentence of death for his sin, so is each of us. But God in His great love for mankind before the foundation of the world devised a plan, a single plan whereby His justice could be satisfied and our penalty paid for, and we could be forgiven and free from sin’s penalty and given eternal life. Jesus and His death and shed blood upon the Cross is God’s only plan whereby every man can and must be saved.

My friend, the Lord is not indifferent to your salvation. He plainly states that if you have not repented of your life of sin and personally received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that He sees you as a lost, @#!*% bound, @#!*% deserving sinner.

The Good News for each sinner is that the Lord was not indifferent about your salvation, [John 3:16 ] “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

INVITATION:

The Lord is aware of all men. He is aware of your Sins, He is aware of your Sufferings, He is aware of your Supplications, He is aware of your Salvation.

If you are saved, it is because Salvation is of the Lord. The Lord knew your need before the World was ever created, and He made provision for your salvation before you were ever born. He has always been aware of you. One day He chose to intervene in your life and convict you of your sin and bring you to repentance and faith in Christ. He found you because you were the one that was lost. Oh, what great love that brought salvations plan down to man!!

If you are reading this message and feel as if the Lord has forgotten you, take comfort, you are never off of His mind, he is aware of the very numbers of hairs upon your head.[ Matthew 10:30 ] Someday and in some way He will come through for you.

If you are reading this message and now realize that you are a sinner in need of salvation that too is because of the Lord’s Awareness of you. He has chosen this very moment in time to save you and to make you His child and to give you an eternal home with Him in heaven. Won’t you come to Him while He is near? Oh sinner, please don’t turn Him away, right now as you hear His voice and feel His love, let him have His way and save you today.

~Jack Woodard

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A WORD TO TODAY’S EVANGELICALS – TO GO TO HEAVEN, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

  TEXT:      JOHN 3:3,7

TITLE:      A MESSAGE TO TODAY’S EVANGELICALS – YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN                               

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

Jesus and Nicodemus At Their Evening Meeting

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INTRODUCTION:

We have all seen Clubs or Businesses with signs upon their doors, telling everyone their conditions for entrance. Some demand you to be a member before you enter, others demand you meet their dress code, etc. That is what John 3 is. It is the Lord’s Sign on Heaven’s Door telling every person His qualifications for entrance. There is just one condition, not two but one. It is not complicated, the Lord has made it simple enough that even a little child can understand it and meet its single condition. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!!

We live in a nation that is increasingly resistant to the thought that the Lord would have any qualifications for going to heaven. It is amazing to watch as our nation becomes increasingly wicked, we are at the same time becoming increasingly religious and self-righteous. Many if not most believe that they deserve to go to heaven just as they are. The Preaching of the Cross is Offensive to them. [Galatians 5:11] Nicodemus, the man in our story was probably such a man, as a Pharisee he had spent his life trying to be good enough and religious enough to earn heaven, and yet he had watched sinners and publicans, people who were not considered among the good people and who had no religious affiliations whatsoever, just simply and humbly come to Jesus and walk away with the peace of heart and the joy that he had failed to find in his strict religion. This must of driven him near insane to watch Jesus give to sinners what his religion failed to give him, how could this be, he must of asked himself, until one night he made up his mind that he had to find out for himself about this healer and teacher, named Jesus. He sets out to find and question Jesus and here is where our story begins.

Every person who has lived since that fateful night owes a debt of gratitude to Nicodemus for being courageous enough to come to Jesus for answers to his questions. These are the same questions we have all had. Jesus’ answer is the Truth we all must learn and heed if we too expect to go to heaven one day. It matters not what others may think and teach about how a person can go to heaven and miss @#!*% , it only matters what Jesus says. Jesus is telling Nicodemus, that what He is telling him is a MUST and a MUST for all. We would do well to make sure we understand the teaching of the New Birth that Jesus says that every man must have to qualify for entrance into heaven.

1. THE MAN (John 3:1, 2)

Verse One tells us that “There was a MAN… named Nicodemus…” Let’s study this man.

A. He Was a Ruler (3:1…a ruler of the Jews…)

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; The same came to Jesus by night…” John 3:1,2

That tells us that he was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, which was the highest court in the nation in Jesus’ day. He would be like one of our Supreme Court Justice’s today. Society thinks that if a man like Nicodemus was qualified to be a member of such a high court in the eyes of man, then surely he would be good enough for the Lord to allow him into heaven one day. They were mistaken, like millions of others since have been.

B. He Was Religious (3:1…a man of the Pharisees…)

This was the most religious sect in Israel in Jesus’ day. They were the Separated Ones; they were so strict that Jesus said they “…strained at a gnat…” [Matthew 23:24] Surely anyone who was so committed to their faith and religious teachings would qualify for entrance into heaven. Again, all who so think are mistaken according to Jesus’ teaching to Nicodemus.

C. He Was Rich

According to secular history Nicodemus was not only one of the most Religious and Respectable men of his day, but he was also one of the richest men in Jerusalem. Surely such an accomplished man that had accomplished and acquired so much was fit for heaven. That resume never impressed Jesus within the least. When next to Jesus, Nicodemus must have felt like a very small and sinful man.

Each day of his life he had been tireless in his efforts to do enough to earn God’s favor, and each night he must of wondered if he had done anything to have undone all the good that he had done. Now he knows even all of his goodness was no better than his badness.

D. He Was Restless

Nicodemus had never achieved the peace with God that he had sought so diligently in his religion, but seeing all the secular and sinful people come to Jesus and walk away at peace just gave him more anxieties and questions. Nicodemus, like all who just have a religion, had never found rest in his works, but as Jesus tells us in [Hebrews 4:9, 10] “There remained, therefore, a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath CEASED from His Own Works, as God did from His.”

One of the last words that Jesus spoke while upon the Cross was, “It is finished.” [John 19:30]  His suffering was now complete. All of man’s sins were now atoned for. Jesus finished the work of salvation. Not one thing added by man. Now all that any man has to do, nor can do, is to simply come to Jesus for salvation. “I OWED A DEBT I COULD NOT PAY; HE PAID A DEBT HE DID NOT OWE”

E. He Was Resolved (3:2…came to Jesus…)

Nicodemus was now Resolved no longer to linger, no longer to live in doubt, no longer to live without the peace of God in his soul, he would come to Jesus and get it settled. That is the attitude and the place that every man must come to if he is to have any sure hope of entering into Heaven one day.

11. THE MISCONCEPTIONS (3:4, 10)

Nicodemus’ questioning of Jesus exposes the misconceptions he had about the New Birth experience. One of Israel’s top Theologians and Religious Teachers, and yet he was in the dark when it came to such a basic fundamental of the Christian Faith. Some of the so-called, Brightest Minds in the Church and World today are as much in the dark spiritually as was Nicodemus. They have a form of Godliness but they lack the life changing power of the New Birth Experience. [2Timothy 3:5]

Today there are as many misconceptions as they are churches. If you would stand out in front of several different Churches on a Sunday Morning and ask the people as they left, what it means to be born again to them, you would be shocked and saddened at all the different answers that you would get and all of the misconceptions of the people. Even though they are many misconceptions they all could be put under two categories. How To Be and Have To Be. That was really what confused Nicodemus.

A. How to Be

There are many misconceptions on How to Be. The following are just a few of them.

1. Reformation (3:4-6)

Nicodemus thought Jesus was talking about Reformation, starting all over again. Jesus tells Nicodemus “That which is born of the flesh is flesh…” [John3:6] In other words Jesus is telling him and us, that we all have a fallen, sinful nature,and if we could wipe from our slate every sin we had ever committed and start all over with a spotless record we would within 24 hours already have sinned again and be back to where we started. That is the frustration of everyone who thinks reformation is the way to gain heaven. We cannot even stay on a diet without breaking it, how do they expect to live a perfect life.

2. Baptism (John 3:5)

Many have taken Jesus’ mention of Water in verse 5 to mean Water Baptism as the means by which you enter into the New Birth. It is evident from the context of Jesus’ teaching that He is speaking of the Physical Birth just as He was speaking of the Spiritual Birth when He says ,”…that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” When I was saved I had a Damascus Road experience. I had a dramatic and an immediate change in my heart and mind. It was two weeks later that I was baptized. By the time I was baptized I had already had two weeks to enjoy Jesus and my new life. Because of that, any time that I hear someone teach that you have to be baptized to be saved , I know that they are confused and deceived and do not know the first thing about truly being BORN AGAIN themselves.

3. Confirmation by Man

Many in the Church World believe salvation is something that is the result of the Church or a Priest confirming upon them. Jesus refutes that in [John 1:13] when He says to us How a man is NOT Born Again. Listen to what He says. ”Who were born, NOT of blood, (I.e. your birth into your particular family), nor of the will of the flesh, (I.e. no amount of good works from your own energies), nor of the will of man, (no man can do anything to save you) but of God.” [1Timothy 2:5] tells us that Jesus is the ONLY Mediator between God and man. We are plainly taught from this verse that the New Birth Experience is a work of God, a work from above. If Jesus did not do it, you did not get it, it’s that plain and simple. Don’t put your faith in a man or a church or a ritual. Do not listen to anyone who teaches such, they are the Blind Leading the Blind!!

B. Have to Be

Many will try to tell you that they are a Christian but have never been Born Again nor do they have to be to be a Christian. I heard a lady tell the late Dr. Jerry Falwell that on a talk show one time when he was talking about the Must of the New Birth to be a Christian. She told Dr. Falwell that she was a Catholic and a Christian and she had never been Born Again. I forget what the exact response was to the lady, but my response to her and all like her is; you may be a Catholic or even a Baptist, but if you have never been Born Again you are NOT a Christian. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!  It is interesting that Jesus is not talking to a bad man, but to the best man of His day. It was not the sinners and harlots that put Jesus on the Cross, but the Religious people that refused to accept Jesus and his teaching that religion and self-righteousness could not save you. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!! Why? That leads me to my third point.

111. THE MUST (3:6)

To any and all who have the misconception that they need not be born again, Jesus gives us an emphatic MUST!! Again, some would ask why? Why Must I be Born Again? They would say; “Why must I be Born Again, I belong to such and such church , I have done such and such, I have lived a good life“, and on and on they go. There are several reasons that Scriptures give us.

A. To Protect Heaven

[Revelation 22:7] “And there shall in no way enter into it (heaven) anything that Defileth; neither he that worketh abomination, or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the Lambs Book of Life”

[Revelation 21:2] “…the HOLY city…”

[2 Peter 3:13] “Nevertheless we according to His promise look for a new heavens and a new earth, in which dwelleth RIGHTEOUSNESS”

All of these Scriptures and more teach us that one day the Lord will deliver all who have been Born Again from the very presence of sin and its heartbreaking consequences. He will protect heaven from the defilement of sin and unregenerate sinners that we may never again have to suffer from the evils of sin and sinners.

B. The Law of God (John3:7)

America’s Constitution makes it the Law of the Land, that anyone who would be President must be a person who has been born in the United States. It doesn’t make any difference that a person who was not born here may be a better person and has done more good than a person who was born here, the Law says, you Must Be Born In The United States to be eligible to hold the office of the President. It is the same way with going to heaven, someone may be a good husband and father, an asset to their community, but no matter how good he or she is, the law is settled, and all his good works cannot override the Law of God. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

Ever since Obama became the President of the United States there has been a group of people who have questioned his right to be the President because they doubt that he was really born on US soil. and because he refuses to, or is unable to show a legal birth certificate, proving that he was born here. These people have been tagged with the Label of “BIRTHERS.”

I must say that you could call me a BIRTHER, not because I doubt the legitimacy of Obama’s claims of being born in America, (that’s a different subject for a different day) but because as I look around at the lifestyles of many in our churches that claim to be Born Again, I have my doubts about their New Birth experience. [TITUS 1:16] “They profess they know Him, but in works the deny Him, being abominable, (homosexuals that claim to be Christians would fall into this group) and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate!”

The bottom line is that we could give reason after reason why you must be born again to go to heaven, but it really just comes down to this one reason; JESUS SAID SO!!

If you are going to go to Jesus’ Heaven, you are going to have to go Jesus’ Way, and He said YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

 IV. THE MYSTERY (3:6-12)

Jesus knew that this Miraculous experience was also a Mysterious experience. (If it were not of God, but of man, there would be no mystery to it.) Let me say this, if your salvation experience was and is not still a mysterious experience to you, you probably have never been born again. If it is of God, then all you can say about it is God did it. But to help us better grasp this mystery Jesus uses two other mysterious experiences that we all have experienced and we have no trouble in accepting the reality of them by faith. They are a Birth and a Breeze.

 A.  A Birth (John 3:6…born of the flesh…)

 1. The New Birth, Like the Physical Birth, Is a Definite Experience

A birth is a definite experience which happens in a moment of time, and so is it with the New Birth experience.

 (Ill.) The Apostle Paul (Acts 26:12-18)

Years after Paul’s salvation experience he stood before King Agrippa and gave him his testimony of his salvation experience. Even years later he could tell you where he was at, [Acts 26:12…as I went to Damascus…] what time of day it was, [Acts 26:13…at midday…] and what he was doing [Acts 26:12 …with authority and commission from the chief priests] when the Lord saved him. It was a definite experience to him and it is to all. It is like a birth.

I have heard people, when asked about when they were saved say that they have always been saved. The fact is no one has ever always been saved, there has to have been a Definite time when they had a Definite Born Again Experience with Jesus.

2. The New Birth, Like the Physical Birth, Is a Dramatic Experience

[2 Corinthians 5:17] “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things become new”

Paul shows us that the New Birth makes a dramatic change in one’s life. Could there be anything more dramatic than a birth? Every time salvation is spoken of it is described in terms as a dramatic experience. From Darkness to Light, from Death to Life, from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of His dear Son, etc. Someone has rightly said; “If your religion has not changed you then you need to change your religion.” Whom the Lord chooses, He changes, and drastically so.

3. The New Birth, Like The Physical Birth, Brings One Into a Whole New World.

One moment in a dark womb and the next you have come into a brand new world. One in which you see things you never seen before, you are aware of things that you were never aware of before. In the New Birth Jesus becomes real to you. The Bible comes alive to you. You see things in a different light than you have ever seen them before. Too many people who claim to be Christians still see things as they have always seen them. Jesus is still just a historical figure to them and not one with whom you have an intimate relationship with. There is a new world you live in if you have truly been born again.

4. In a Birth There Is No Past

When one is saved your past is gone, your record has been wiped clean. [Isaiah 1:18]

 5. In a Birth There Is No Repeat or Undoing It

One cannot lose their New Life in Christ nor do you ever need to repeat it. That is what Jesus was teaching Peter in [John 13:10]. Like a man that has just had a bath and then gets dirt on his feet does not need to have a new bath again, he just needs to have his feet washed, so does one who has been cleansed from all his sins through the New Birth, who then sins, does not need to be saved again, he just needs to confess his sin and be forgiven and have his fellowship restored or remain intact. [1John1:9; Proverbs 28:13]

 6. In a Birth Pain and Suffering Is Involved For The One Who Is Giving the Birth

The same with the New Birth, it was Jesus that “…was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and with his stripes we are healed” [Isaiah 53:5]

B. A Breeze (John3:8)

The wind is mysterious in its workings. We can be setting at ease under a shade tree on a warm summer day, with not a care in the world, then suddenly and just as mysteriously the wind begins to blow , and then we are in a storm with our comfort upset and the whole situation changed. And you say, “were did that come from?” That is the way the Holy Spirit’s work of conviction and conversion is. One moment there is no thought or care about your sin, nor your soul, and then all of a sudden the convicting winds of the Holy Spirit sweeps over your soul and your comfort is disturbed and your whole world is changed. When the day before you had no thoughts of Jesus and salvation, now that consumes you totally.

Also a wind can come in the form of a tornado and move down a street and touch every house and leave one untouched. I have seen that very thing happen again and again in a church service, where two people are setting in the same pew under the same sermon, one is convicted by the Holy Spirit and is brought to repentance and faith in Jesus, the man seated next to him remains untouched and unmoved, and leaves lost and care free. That is the unexplainable mystery of the sovereign work of God in salvation.

V. THE METHOD OF THE NEW BIRTH (John 3:13-16)

Jesus next spoke to Nicodemus about the Method of the New Birth. Jesus tells us in these verses about His part and our part in the New Birth.

A. Jesus’ Part (John 3:13, 14)

 1. He Left Heaven…His Incarnation (v.13)

The sinless Son of God left heaven to come and to take upon Himself a human body and to live a sinless life so that He may willingly offer Himself as the Sinless Substitute for the payment of our sins. That is one part Jesus played. Another part was His Crucifixion. [Philippians 2:6-8]

2. He Was Lifted High…His Crucifixion (v.14)

Jesus used a well-known historical event in the life of the Nation of Israel to illustrate the place His Crucifixion would play in the New Birth experience.

The story is recorded in [Numbers 21:5-9]. We are told as Israel’s 1st generation were wandering in the wilderness, their continual murmuring against the Lord and Moses for their circumstances led the Lord to send poisonous snakes throughout their camp, biting the people and eventually leading to their death. They were learning the hard way that they were sinners and the wages of sin is death. [Romans 3:23; 6:23]

“And the Lord said;…when he looketh upon it , (he) shall live.” Numbers 21:8

Not wanting to die, the people went to Moses, and asked him to go before the Lord for them and to plead with the Lord, that He would give them a way that they could be forgiven and saved from a sure death for their sins.

Moses goes before the Lord and the Lord gives them His Plan, only One Plan for their salvation. Moses was to make a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole, and place it in the center of the camp, and when anyone was bitten by a deadly snake, if they would just Look to the serpent he would live. This was a type of Jesus dying upon the Cross and shedding His Blood to pay for our sins. It was a simple and single plan. But man now has his part to do.

B. Man’s Part (Numbers 21:9; John 3:15, 16)

 Moses told the people that all they had to do was to simply BELIEVE. Believe, no matter how strange it may seem how that just looking to the snake on a pole could save them from a sure death, that was God’s Only Plan of Salvation, and everyone had to believe it, rely upon it, and act upon the Lord’s instructions to be saved. You could take the Lord at His Word and look and live or doubt and die.

Jesus death upon the Cross is God’s only plan for man’s salvation, and no matter how hard it is to understand or how foolish it may sound, the Lord is not asking you to understand it, He is asking you to BELIEVE IT, to RELY UPON IT. With simple child- like faith, do not doubt Him, but simply Look to Jesus, In Faith for your salvation. If you will just do that, Jesus will then do the rest, He will come into your heart, He will give you a New Birth in which all of your sins are forgiven, you are Born Again into the family of God, given eternal life and the sure Hope of a Home in Heaven with Jesus and all the saints of all time, for all of eternity. Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the Cross I cling. That is all that Jesus asks of you. [ISAIAH 45:22…Look unto Me, (JESUS) and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else] [Acts 4:12…Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.] [Romans 10:13…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (JESUS) shall be saved.]

VI. THE MENACES TO THE NEW BIRTH (John 3:18-20)

Even though the plan of salvation is simple, it is not without its difficulties and obstacles that must be overcome to enter into the Kingdom. That is why Jesus tells us in [LUKE 13:24] to “Strive to enter in at the narrow gate…” Our old flesh and Satan doesn’t make it easy for us to accept Jesus! There are three menaces that would stand between us and Jesus, they are;

A. One’s Love For Sin (John 3:19…men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.)

Our old man has such a love for sin it is difficult to turn from it; even though we know to hold onto it means a sure eternity in @#!*% .

B. One’s Stubborn Pride (John 3:20 …lest he be reproved…”)

No one likes to be told they are wrong. Even harder for a man is to tell others (even himself) he was wrong. He will shun putting himself in that position, yet that is the correction he takes and confession he makes if he comes to Christ for salvation.

It is hard for a man to humble himself and to admit he is a helpless sinner in need of a Savior. That is the Offense of the Cross that must be conquered if one is to be saved. [Galatians 5:11]

 C. One’s Own Unbelief (John 3:18…he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God)

Our own sinful nature makes Grace seem too good to be true. Many think that surely there must be more they must do than to simple Believe in Jesus. That doubt is hard for many people to overcome. Then there is the Blinding work of Satan that must be overcome.

Satan has imposed a spiritual blindness upon men, making it difficult for many to see that Jesus is God in the flesh and that in Him is salvation if we will but simply believe. [2Corinthians 4:3, 4] That is difficult for many to see and to accept.

VII. THE MARKS OF THE NEW BIRTH (John 3:18-20)

 Jesus doesn’t finish His teaching to Nicodemus without telling him of the Marks that a New Born Soul bears. Jesus names two identifying marks of a New Born Soul.

A. A New Practice (3:20, 21)

The first evidence that a person has been Born Again will be a new lifestyle.

1. Before (v20…Doeth Evil)

“Doeth” speaks of habitual action. A lost person habitually lives selfishly and sinfully. Any Christian is capable of sinning, but he is not capable of sinning habitually. [I JOHN 3:9]

2. After (v21…Doeth Truth)

It is not enough to stop our evil; if one is really saved they will show it by a lifestyle that is consistent with the Scriptures. The Bible becomes the plumb line we use to keep our lives straight with the Lord.

B. A New Passion (3:20, 21)

A truly Born Again Soul will feel deeply about the Lord’s Truth and Sin. We HATE every evil way and we are eager to take our stand alongside of truth. Our lives are characterized by a New Zeal, a New Passion. We are passionate about Our Faith.

1. Before (v20…Hateth the light)

“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.” [PSALMS 97:10]

The Born Again hold strong feelings about sin and evil. We realize it put Jesus on the Cross.

2. After (v21…cometh to the light)

Like the great men and women of the Bible, we also who have been Born Again are proud and eager to come to the side of Truth and Righteousness.

A New Born Soul is marked by a New Practice, no longer is he ruled by evil, but by the Truth of The Word of God.

A New Born Soul is marked by a New Passion, he no longer Hates the Lord, and Holiness. (That is why the liberal left in America has such a hatred for women like Sarah Palin, because she is like diamonds on black velvet. Her presence exposes them for the sinners they are and they hate her for it, just as the sinner hates Jesus for revealing their sin to them and the world. They don’t want her or any like her to be in the lime light, because it exposes their darkness.) He is eager to walk with Jesus. He loves the Lord, His Word and His way of life. He has a passion for Jesus and to walk in holiness. He hungers and thirsts after righteousness. [Matthew 5:6]

With ever truly Born Again Christian there is a B.C. Life and an A.C. life, a life Before Christ and a new life After Coming to Christ and being Born Again.

The old saying of, Born once, Die twice, Born twice, Die once is The Gospel Truth.

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!

 

VIII. THE MOMENT OF TRUTH (John 3:2…The same CAME TO JESUS…”)

 Every man has his “COME TO JESUS” moment in their life, Nicodemus had his, and now you must face yours.

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Have you truly been Born Again? If not, will you be so now?

If not now, what do you think your end will be? There is no benefit in refusing Jesus. There is Death and Judgment coming for all of us. All the things that you are refusing Jesus over will be your damnation then. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN, and there is no better time than the present. If you know that you have never been born again, will you do your part? With simple child-like faith come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you and to come into your heart and save you. [Romans 10:13] tells us that; “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you will but call, He will save you. You can be Born Again right where you are at. Jesus has done all He can do until you call upon Him!!

 ~JACK WOODARD

[1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5]

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JOSHUA CALLS HIS NATION TO REVIVAL

TEXT: JOSHUA 23:1; 24:14-31

TITLE: A TIME FOR RE-DEDICATION

AUTHOR:

JACK WOODARD

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INTRODUCTION:

Joshua is now an old man and realizes that his days are numbered and that the last great act of service to his nation must be a bold challenge to them to Repent and Re-dedicate their lives to the Lord. Their repentance and rededication must be TIMELY and TOTAL. I believe that every older person surely must see that our beloved Nation is in dire need of a Revival in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every Parent and Grandparent needs to see the mess we have made of our Nation, a mess we are passing on to our Children and Grandchildren. Having seen this mess we need to like Joshua, spend the last days of our lives no longer living for ourselves, but we must, for the sake of the coming generations, give the rest of our lives, committed to cleaning up the mess we have made so that our children and grandchildren will not have to inherit this mess we have made of our Nation.

As Joshua gathered the Nation together he stood before them and boldly challenged them to join him and his family in re-dedicating their lives unto the Lord. Let’s break his message down and let us repeat it to our Nation that stands where Joshua’s Nation stood so many generations ago. Let us be as committed to seeing Revival among the Lord’s people before we die, as was Joshua.

1. THE MOTIVATIONS TO CONSIDER

To call them to Re-dedication Joshua gave them two Motivations to Consider.

A. The Lord’s Past Blessings (24:17)

Joshua calls his nation to remember what their life was like before the Lord had led them out of Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

i. Their Salvation (24:17a)

Their former life in Egypt was one of bondage. They were a nation of slaves with no freedom. They got up every morning to the cruel orders of their taskmasters. They were never to have any plans, but their master’s plans. They never had a future except what their slave masters had planned for them. Their whole lives and the lives of their loved ones were dominated by slave masters and slave labor, under the poorest of conditions.

All of that changed one day with the arrival of one who would become their deliverer, Moses. In a short space of time Moses would be used of the Lord to bring the mightiest nation upon the face of the earth to its knees, begging the Jewish Nation to depart from their borders. They would be so eager to see them leave that they would enrich them with lavish gifts. Oh, what a day of rejoicing that was. What a love affair they had with the Lord in those early days of their salvation.

Every person who has ever been saved has a similar testimony. Our lives before we were saved were ones of being enslaved to our passions, with a future without God and without hope, and then one day our Savior come to us in conviction, leading us out of our life of sin and into eternal life. We too had the joy of our First Love with Jesus, but through the years that love and devotion to Him has become just a faint memory for many, just as it had done with Joshua’s generation.

The memory of those early days, when we came fresh from Calvary, ought to be a great motivation for each of us to examine our lives and relationship with Jesus and to rededicate our lives to Him if we find ourselves wanting.

ii. Their Preservation (24:17b)

Not only had the Lord brought them out of Egypt, the house of bondage, and into the Promised Land, but He had preserved them through many dangers, toils, and snares. He had enriched every part of their lives with His favor. He had given them homes they had not built, vineyards they had not planted. Their children had a future now that they had not once had. They were owners of their land and no longer another man’s slave.

Since we have been saved the Lord has also preserved us in all of our ways. [Psalms 34:19] “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Each one of the Lord’s children could write a book on all the times the Lord has preserved us from the time He saved us until this very day. What a motivation for a wayward Christian to re-dedicate their life to the Lord.

The Hymn, AMAZING GRACE could have been Joshua’s Invitation Hymn!!

“Amazing Grace!  How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me!

Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;

‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.”

AMEN! AMEN! and  AMEN!

B. The Lord’s Future Blessings (23:11-16; 24:20)

Joshua knew that all of the bounties of his nation were from the Lord in response to their devotion to Him, but he saw their future was being put in jeopardy by their waning devotion to the Lord. He knew a TIMELY and TOTAL re-dedication was the only thing that would keep them from throwing away all the Lord had had done for them , as well as all the Lord had planned for them in the future hope. This Indifference to the Lord and Idolatry must be turned around if there was to be any hope for continuing to be the beloved and blessed nation that he had fought and sacrificed to build.

All of us have known people whom the Lord saved out of the pig pens of life, and blessed them with a good job, beautiful family, a nice home, and a good church family, only to see them later throw it all away, as they fell away from the Lord and went back into sin. All the Lord had for them and theirs go up in smoke, and their lives are filled with the pangs of what could have been.

Joshua could see the future was hanging in the balance. The blessings of the Lord were being put in jeopardy.

i. On Our Children (24:15…my house) 

Joshua had been a member of a generation that had made their children suffer for their rebellion against the Lord. 40 years they had to wander in the wilderness and suffer for the sins of the fathers. He did not want to see another generation have to so suffer as he had seen those who wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.

Without a revival in my generation, our children and our grandchildren are sure to be cursed with a dark future. Only a revival of re-dedication to the Lord will save our future generations from that horrible fate.

ii. On Our Country (23:11-13) 

Our nation, like Joshua’s, has known the blessings of the Lord as no other people in history, but we are already seeing the death of this great nation taking place before our very eyes. No one over 40 can honestly say that this is the same “God Blessed America” that we grew up in. Without a rededication to the Lord, we are putting the future of our nation at risk just as did Joshua’s people were doing?

iii. On Our Churches

The Church in America was once the pillar and ground of truth, it was once a firewall against the onslaught of sin and wickedness. It was once the moral conscience to our nation, and the assurance that our children would be saved and set on the right path for life. The Church was once a place where the Gospel was preached and spirits lifted and strengthened to face the days ahead of us. It was once the one place a lost and confused world could look for wisdom and guidance to face the challenges before us. It was once the place where Jesus was lifted up and HOPE for the world sprang eternal. What a blessing the Church was to us, our children, and our nation, but that is nearly a thing of the past, and the only hope for fanning the dying embers of the Church, so our nation may once again be blessed by her warmth, is for a timely and total re-dedication of its members. Our churches are dying and our nation along with it. That is a powerful motive that should challenge each of us to examine our hearts and to re-dedicate our lives to Jesus.

11. THE MENACES THAT CORRODE

Joshua had watched the common threats that we all face daily, slowly but surely corrode their commitment to the Lord. All of us today face similar threats to our Faith and Faithfulness, that if not defeated, will eat away at our commitment to Christ as well. What are these Menaces?

A. Times of Temptation

They, like each of us lived in the midst of a godless and wicked world that was always trying to lead them into temptation.

i. There Was The Temptation To Be Worldly (Idolatry…put away the gods…24:14; the gods of the Amorites…24:15)

In Joshua’s day, like ours, there were many attractive, but false gods, whose voices were always crying for their attention and affection. There are the god’s of materialism, the god’s of pleasure, the god’s of power, etc. These are constant menaces that are trying to corrode our devotion to the Lord and more often than not, they take a toll on many of us over the years.

ii. There Was Temptation To Be Wicked (Iniquity…your transgressions nor your sins. 24:19)  

Joshua’s people had not only inherited a land in which the inhabitants practiced idolatry, but they also practiced iniquity. Not only were they constantly fighting the temptation to be Worldly, but they were also in a constant battle against Wickedness. Immorality and Perversion was common in the land among the heathens and eventually it had wormed its way into the Camp of the Israelites. The same is true in our generation. Never in America has there been so much temptation to overcome as there is today.

B. Times of Trials (24:8)

Their Fathers had followed the Lord until they saw the Battles they were going to have to fight to take the land and to follow on after the Lord. They then chose to go back and wander in the Wilderness for 40 years. Joshua’s generation had chosen to go on and fight the battles, but these battles, no doubt wearied the people over time. All of us are prone to grow weary fighting the daily battles of Faith, and if we are not careful we will allow this weariness to erode our commitment to the Lord. [1 Corinthians 15:58] 

C. Times of Triumphs (23:1) 

Often times the greatest menace to our devotion to the Lord is not our constant Temptations and Trials, but our Triumphs.

People backslide more often in their times of Peace and Rest than at any other time. Joshua’s people failed to heed the Lord’s warning in [Deuteronomy 8:10, 11]. “When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which He hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command thee this day.”

Peace, prosperity, and good times are harder on the devotion of more Christians than Trials and Temptations. The prosperous Laodicean Church in America today has produced the least devoted Christians in our history. The old timers may have had to set on hard pews, but they didn’t have to put up with so many hard hearts sitting in soft pews as we do today. The old buildings may have had a chill in the air, but they didn’t have it in their hearts. Today snoring has replaced the shouting, and the feminine little sissy has replaced the fire and brimstone prophet of God.

I believe it was Adrian Rogers that once said; “Our blessings have become our cursing’s, and one day it may be that our cursing’s will become our blessings.”

111. THE MOMENT TO CHOOSE (… choose you this day…24:15)

Joshua was insistent that they Re-dedicate their lives to the Lord then and there, or go on and serve the gods of the heathens. Why was Joshua so insistent that the Moment to Choose was that very day? Here are a few reasons he may have had.

A. They Were Some Who Were Already Drifting (24:14…out away the gods…) 

Joshua saw that many of them were already Drifting away from the Lord to other gods and immorality. They were slipping and drifting away from the Lord as he spoke. [Hebrews 2:10]

B. They Were Some Who Were Deliberating   

Joshua knew as every Pastor knows when he is preaching to his audience, that in the every crowd there are those who, as you speak are deliberating in their minds and hearts on whether or not to have an affair, to drop out of Church, etc. Preacher, don’t let them leave before you challenge them to re-dedicate their lives to Jesus. If you do you may lose them to the World and the Devil. If you are reading this message and are deliberating to drift away from the Lord into sin and worldliness. I want to beg you not to do so, only disaster and heartache awaits the backslider.

C. They Were Some Who Were Dying   

Like him, there were dying people in his midst who were in danger of dying out of fellowship with the Lord. Death was not only a danger for the elderly, but Joshua knew that death was no respecter of age. The old window peeper may be peeping in the windows of anyone who is reading this message. [Jeremiah 9:21]  Today is all you have. You do not know what a day may bring forth. [Proverbs 27:1; 29:1]  You do not want to die and go out into eternity to meet the Lord in a sinful backslidden condition.

D. They Were Some Who Were Deadening Their Hearts (Ephesians 4:19; Hebrews 3:7,8)

Joshua knew that every time a man heard the voice of the Lord and refused to heed it, that it hardened his heart and deafened his ears until he would come to a time that his heart would become so hard that they would be past feeling [Ephesians 4:19] and their ears so deaf that they can no longer hear God’s Voice. At that point a man’s fate is settled!! Some of you that are reading these lines can remember a time that the Lord’s Word moved you and now it no longer does. You have come to this state by your continual refusal to act upon the Word the Lord spoken to you time and time again. All of us remember those old alarm clocks that we would wind up and when they would go off to wake us up, we would jump out of our skin. Many of us would get so used to the alarm that we didn’t even hear it when it went off anymore. That is the way it is for those who choose to turn a deaf ear to the Lord. Joshua knew that was a danger many of his people were even then facing.

CONCLUSION

As it was time for Joshua’s Nation to Repent and Return to the Lord with a new Dedication that was both TIMELY and TOTAL, so is it for the Lord’s people today!! Today the Choice is in your hands, but if you fail to see the need or heed the Lord’s call, He may very well make the decision to take you in hand for your deliberate and repeated defiance. Today the Choice is yours, Tomorrow may be too late. “Wherefore, as the Holy Spirit saith, TODAY if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts…” [Hebrews 3:7, 8]

INVITATION

My friend, CALVARY is the only thing that stands between you and the Lord’s Judgment. To be perfectly honest, CALVARY is the only thing that is holding back the Destructive Flood of God’s Wrath upon this vile and wicked generation. Jesus’ Death and Shed Blood at the Cross has Atoned for the Sins of us all. The Lord took our judgment at Calvary and the Father is satisfied with His payment and is now able and willing to Forgive You as a Sinner and to Make You His Child and give unto you Everlasting Life. And it is just for the asking. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.” [Romans 10:13]  If you have never done so, won’t you bow your head right where you are and ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart and forgive you of your sin and unbelief and save your soul. Repenting of your life of Unbelief and Trusting Jesus and Jesus alone for your Salvation!!

If you know that you are a Born Again Child of God, but you also know that, for whatever reason, you do not have the Devotion to Jesus you once had then you too need to Repent, not to be Re-Saved, but to be Restored to Sweet Fellowship with Jesus [1 John 1:9].You would not want to meet Jesus in your back-slidden condition. Neither do you want to continue to slight Jesus and sooner or later have to face His Chastening. [Hebrews 12:6-15] Like the Prodigal Son of [Luke15], won’t you come to your senses and get up and come home TODAY!!

~JACK WOODARD

Romans 8:28/1Peter 5:7

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THE NEED FOR A GREAT AWAKENING AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE

TEXT:         JONAH 1:6

TITLE:       ARISE O SLEEPER!

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD                                                                        

                             “THE NEEDED AWAKENING OF GOD’S PEOPLE”

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INTRODUCTION                                                           

Jonah’s story begins with him receiving a summons from the Lord to go to the great city of Nineveh to warn them of the Lord’s soon coming judgment and His gracious call for them to repent as the only means to escape it. The Lord had been long-suffering with this evil nation, but they had pushed Him to His limit, and now the Lord had chosen to Judge them, but before doing so He is going to send His Prophet Jonah to give them one last warning and opportunity to repent and avoid the Lord’s judgment.

 JONAH AVOIDING HIS SUMMONS

After receiving his summons Jonah immediately decides to avoid the Lord’s Summons by taking off to Joppa. He disliked the evil Ninevites and he had rather see them judged by the Lord than to be forgiven by the Lord, as He surely would, if they repented and turned to Him. Jonah was soon to learn that you cannot run and hide from the Lord. He would also learn that no one can try to deliberately avoid the Lord’s Summons without running straight into the chastening of a God created storm.

 JONAH ASLEEP IN THE STORM

Jonah boards a ship headed for Joppa and soon there is a great storm, and while everyone else is fighting for their survival, backslidden Jonah is seen as being Asleep in the Storm; indifferent to every danger that is taking place around him. He would soon be in the belly of a great fish saying what the Apostle Paul would say in years to come: “…WOE IS UNTO ME, IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL!” [1 Corinthians 9:16]

JONAH AKIN TO THE SAINTS

In [MATTHEW 25:1-13] the Lord describes the last day Church as being like the 10 virgins that would be sound asleep when He returns. Five were asleep to the fact that they were lost, and the five who were saved, were also asleep to the fact that half of the people in their little Church was lost, until it was too late to help them. In this crucial midnight hour the Church needs an Awakening. An Awakening to the fact, that there are many in the Church that are just as LOST as those un-regenerates outside the Church. Awakened to the fact that we have strayed from the Lord’s side, awakened to the fact that our Nation is about to be lost forever to the judgment of the Lord if we do not repent and turn from our wicked ways and pray and seek the Lord’s face before we feel the back of His hand across the face of this nation.

The Church today is Akin To Jonah, as we see all around us sleeping saints. We too, as the Church have been summoned by the Lord to warn the Lost, of the Lord’s Coming Judgment, and His command for them to Repent and Receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior as the only means of saving themselves from the Lord’s sure and swift judgment that is soon to fall, and an eternal @#!*% that is awaiting them at the end of a Christ-less life. But like Jonah of old, we too are sound asleep and At Ease in Zion, as our nation and the world of lost humanity stand on the brink of judgment and eternity.

The Church needs an Awakening. The 20th Century ended without seeing a Spiritual Awakening, the first Century in our history not to experience a National Revival. Our Nation today is in the midst a life threatening storm which can only be avoided if the Church Awakens, and has a real heaven sent revival. We must have a Revival that will turn us from our wickedness, and once again bring the Lord’s Church back into His favor. A revival that will cause us to Arise and once again become faithful to the Lord and to His  Summons to us to go and preach the Gospel, warning the wicked of the coming judgment and the Lord’s command for them to Repent and Receive Jesus as their only hope of avoiding judgment and an eternity in @#!*% .

Satan is just as satisfied to see a Christian or a Church “Go Asleep” as he is to see them “Go Astray.”

An Enemies Army would be just as satisfied to see their foes night sentry Fall Asleep at his post as to see him abandon his post, the devastating results would be the same.

The majority of the people who are members of a local church have either abandoned their post or fallen asleep at their post. Our nation is plagued with an epidemic of Sleeping Sentry’s.

Let’s look at Jonah and see if we too may be Avoiding Our Summons and Asleep In The Storm of the Lord’s judgment that is falling all around us, and threatening our very existence as a Church, as a Nation, as a Person.

1. THE REASON’S FOR OUR BEING ASLEEP

 A. Material Wealth

Our Material Prosperity has become a soft pillow on which we have cradled our heads and went to sleep. We have become too comfortable to be vigilant. We have fallen prey to what the Lord warned Israel against in [Deuteronomy 6:10-14; 8:10, 11]. [1st Timothy 6:17]

B. America’s Favor

The Church in America for the most part has been in favor we have had very little opposition and faced little persecution. In [Joshua 23:1ff] we see the drift from the Lord began after the battles were over and they were at rest. The American Church needs some persecution and opposition to wake us up and to keep us on our toes. As it looks, we can be sure we are getting ready to be rudely awakened by opposition and persecution that we never dreamed of seeing the Church in America face.

C. Compromising Preachers

Many preachers have falling prey to the nonsense that to be successful they must grow a mega church, and to do that they need to shape their ministries and services around making people “FEEL COMFORTABLE” in their sin. Very few if any messages are meant to arouse the people. Rarely will you hear a stirring sermon on the subjects of H-E-L-L , Sin, Death, Judgment, etc. [Isaiah 56:10] would be an apt description of many of America’s preachers. “…dumb dogs, they cannot bark…”

How many Preachers have forewarned this Nation of the judgments that have befallen us? [Amos 3:7] tells us that would be the Lord’s way of warning before judging.

If you visited your Doctor every week for a check-up, and each week he told you that you were doing great, there was nothing to concern yourself about, go out and enjoy life, and while you are living your care free life you are suddenly struck down with heart disease, and now the prognosis is that you are about to die, your heart is too far gone. What would you do in this case, if each and every week your Doctor, who was supposed to know what was going on, failed to warn and treat you for an ongoing disease? You would change Doctors!! He, of course would try to win you back by telling you that he was afraid of telling you the truth for fear of hurting your feelings, or that he couldn’t understand how he missed finding your disease. That would be a pitiful excuse coming from a man who is supposed to be a Doctor and of little comfort now that you are dying.

That is a perfect example of many Church Members and their Pastors. They go every week to hear him give a Word from the Lord, and each and every week he has told us the same old message, that there is nothing to concern ourselves with, everything is fine, go and be healthy and wealthy, and now we see all these afflictions that have come upon us unaware. No doubt, if questioned, he too would tell you that he was caught off guard or he didn’t want to tell you the truth for fear of sounding negative and hurting your feelings. That is a pitiful excuse from a man who is to be a man of God, speaking for the Lord to His people and of little comfort as we watch our beloved nation die right in front of our very eyes. These preachers are like a Smoke Alarm that doesn’t Alarm, an Alarm Clock that doesn’t Ring. A Dumb Dog that cannot bark [Isaiah56:10]. If this is your preacher, you should do with him like you would your Doctor, quit him and get another one that is willing to tell you the truth, unafraid of seeming negative, but loves you enough to always tell you the COLD HARD FACTS no matter the consequences. A man who is more concerned that you are in the light, than if he is a man you like, more concerned that he can go home each night and with a clear conscience lay his head upon his pillow and sleep like a baby, knowing all is well with him and his Savior, than he is if he has upset you or not!!

D. Big Government

Our ancestors came to America without any safety net of Social Security, Government Health Care, Unemployment Benefits, etc. They had to have the Lord’s daily help, deliverance and guidance to make it from day to day.

Today we have those who have just enough, that they feel no need of Jesus, and for those who are not so fortunate, they have Big Government to take care of them without having to work for a living. We are a Nation of Independents, who possess so much, they do not need the Lord, Dependents, who feel they are entitled to being taking care of by Big Government, and to gain their votes. Many politicians are willing to give them all they ask for. This has went on so long that it has bankrupted us as a nation, and with the economy the way it is today, those days may be quickly coming to an end. Lack and emptiness will always be the future of those who are looking to false gods for their source instead of the true and living God!!   These that have become so dependent upon our government are soon to have a rude awakening when the bank is empty and the checks stop coming.

E. Lives Filled With Sin

Sin tolerated in any amount for any time will dull its victims as it did Jonah. Something dies in a man when they deliberately choose to flee from the Lord’s Word. The lives of the average church member are riddled with unconfessed sin which have produced a generation of unconscious saints. [Hebrews 3:7, 8; 12, 13]

F. Companionship With the Lost

[1 Corinthians 15:33] “Be not deceived; Evil companions corrupts good morals.” Nothing has such an influence upon a person as does the company he keeps. Every good kid started down the wrong road in life when they began to walk with the wrong crowd. After commanding the Israel to keep the Law, the very next Order from the Lord to His people as they went into the Promise Land was to Remain Separate from the Pagans in the land.[Deuteronomy 7:1-11] The Lord knew the danger of evil companions was to be avoided at all costs.

There is no doubt, the 5 Wise Virgins in the Parable of the 10 Virgins [Matthew 25:1-13] were negatively influenced by the 5 Foolish Virgins that they were in constant fellowship with. How many times have you been wide awake and then a sleepy person around you yawned and the next thing you know, you were yawning too. That is what happened to the 5 Wise Virgins. The slumber of the Foolish is contagious.

The Parable of the 10 Virgins in a Prophetic Picture of the Last Day Church, (you could also say it is a Pathetic Picture as well) in which HALF of its members are lost and having a negative effect upon the Half that is truly saved. No honest person can deny the probability that most of our Churches are filled with Lost Members, and many of these members have wormed their way into positions of leadership and influence within the Church. The have been there so long that many of the younger and newer members have never seen what a True Christian and a True New Testament Church really looks like, they have had no point of comparison by which to judge their present leadership by. They could and should use the Bible to do so, but these Tares have more Preeminence than Jesus and more Authority within the Church than does the Word of God.

Our Churches are plagued with Hypocrites in High Places. Many Deacons can tell the Man of God how to do the Lord’s business, but they are as unconcerned and uncomfortable as a @#!*% in Church when it comes to Spiritual Duties, like Praying, Fasting, Soul Winning, and Separation. Their lack of concern and comfort with the Spiritual betrays their profession and exposes them for who they really are, FOOLISH VIRGINS which the Lord Prophesied would fill our Churches in the last day. It is High Time that the Lord’s true people stop allowing this bunch to influence them and lead them any longer. It is high time the Lord’s people begin to make the Word of God the Plumb Line [Amos 7:8] by which we judge the fitness for leadership and the words of those leaders that insist should rule the Church.

They are too many Saints on the roles of the Church that are Whoring around with the World outside the Church as well. [James 4:4] This unwholesome fellowship has put the unfaithful in a state of sleep as they have become so consumed with the affairs of this life. It is time Preachers raise up their voices and DEMAND their members either get out of the world or get out of their Churches. Their tolerance is just telling the younger generation and new converts among them that this type of Christianity is acceptable. The Preachers tolerance of these members and fear to confront them is Preaching a Message of Heresy to his people just as if he were Preaching False Doctrine from behind his Pulpit. Maybe it is the Preachers who FIRST need an AWAKENING in our Churches!! If the Preacher is not Awake how can the Sheep under his watch-care be awake?

11. THE REGIONS TO WHICH WE ARE ASLEEP

 A. We Are Asleep To the Need of the LOST [Matt. 9:36-39]

Most in the Church today have never even attempted to win a soul to Christ. They seem to never see anyone as a lost soul in danger of dying without Jesus and going to H-E-L-L . It is as if we do not care or do not believe that there is a H-E-L-L or that people really must know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, to miss H-E-L-L and go to Heaven. This is unconscionable, coming from people who themselves profess that some time in their past that they had seen  themselves as a lost sinner in danger of H-E-L-L , but who fled to Jesus as their refuge from the wrath to come. Many are either living a lie or a horribly backslidden life. Whatever the case, they need to be Ashamed and Awakened.

 B. We Are Asleep To the State of Our Nation [Jonah 1:2]

Just as the Great City of Nineveh was on the verge of total destruction, so is America. Where are the Prophets crying against the sins of our people and warning us to Repent or face the sure Judgment of the Lord.

All around us we are seeing the mounting corruption that is destroying our Nation. We are also seeing judgment all around us in the form of natural disasters, a financial crisis, deep divisions among our people, the rapidly declining glory of our nation, yet the Church blindly goes on with life as if no problems or dangers exists. It is like the Days of Noah where the people displayed an ignorance and indifference to the evils in their midst and danger of the Lord’s Judgment that was seen all around them until it was too late

C. We Are Asleep To the Lord’s Chastening

Jonah was in the storm of the Lord’s chastening and yet oblivious to it. The Prophet Jeremiah’s message to his nation is true of us; “This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord, their God, NOR RECEIVETH CORRECTION; truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.” [Jeremiah 7:28]

We have experienced Katrina, 9/11, the Financial Crisis, Natural Disasters, all of this and yet we are unwilling to connect the dots that lead back to the Lord. Every time Pharaoh refused to receive the plagues as judgment from the Lord, the next plague was more severe. It is frightening what is ahead for America if we do not awake to God’s Judgment.”

D. We Are Asleep To the Soon Return Of the Lord         

The Signs of the Times are all around us, the Leaves are on the Tree [Matt.24:32-35] and we are still asleep.[1 Chronicles 12:32] tells us as a New King was to come to the Throne, “…the children of Issachar who were men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” Would to God we had such wide awake children of God today who were aware of Jesus’ soon return, and were ready to crown Him the King of Kings. [Mark 13:32-37]

 111. THE RESULTS OF OUR SLEEP

 A. Millions of Lost Sinners Have Slipped Into H-E-L-L While We Have Slept. [Ezekiel 3:17, 18]

H-E-L-L is populated with untold millions who are at this very moment wailing the lament of the Psalmist; “…no man cared for my soul.” [Psalms 142:4] It is though the Church has lost the conviction that all people are eternal souls that must come to the saving knowledge of Christ or they will go to H-E-L-L.

In [Matthew 9:36] we are told [“…when He (Jesus) SAW the multitude, He was moved with compassion on them, because they were faint, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”] Jesus saw their Numbers, their Need, and that they were Neglected. Jesus saw these lost souls as Sheep without a Sense of Direction, but He also saw the many Saints that were without any Sense of Duty. They felt no compassion for these lost and dying souls. They felt no sense of duty to lead these lost and straying sheep to Christ for salvation. Things have not changed much over the decades. If there would come a Spiritual Awakening in the Church we would once again See people as eternal souls in need of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We would feel a compassion for them and a compulsion to win them to Christ. Millions of souls have slipped into H-E-L-L on our watch. We are asleep to the lost we must have an awakening that will put laborers into the harvest.

B. Our Churches Have Been Infiltrated By Tares While We Have Slept [Matthew 13:24-30]

Every good Pastor has had to deal with Satanic Strong Holds in their Church that makes it next to impossible for the Lord and His Word to rule the Church. They have also seen that these powers that be have no relationship with Jesus and absolutely no interest whatsoever in His will or commission to win the lost, all they are concerned about is their own personal power and prestige be maintained. Why is this? I believe that the majority of these people are Lost and have been planted in our Churches by Satan himself to keep Jesus from being Lord, to make sure Revival is never allowed and that very few if any souls ever get saved and delivered from his grasp. All of this has happened while the Church was asleep and in need of Revival.

C. The Church Has Had Little Effect as Salt and Light to Our Nation [Matthew 5:13-16]

One day last week while in prayer the Lord spoke to me about my own Denomination, and how it is becoming increasingly IRRELEVANT in our Nation. It has been many a day since I have heard the wicked curse us for our bold stance against their evil. You would think if we were being a relevant voice in the social and moral battles that are raging in our Nation that someone would be cursing us and speaking ill of us. But we hear not a word about us.

You would think that 14 to 16 Million Southern Baptists could stem the tide of evil that has been sweeping over our nation for years, but the flood of sin just continues to rise as we set by indifferent and impotent.

We have lost our moral authority as the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to speak out on the major moral issues facing our nation today. On issues like Gay Marriage, when we come out against it, in favor of marriage as being the Biblical Model of One Man for One Women, we are asked;” who are you to tell anyone else what marriage should be when you can’t even keep half of your marriages together, when adultery and selfishness causes half of your marriages to end in divorce, I don’t think you have any right to tell us what marriage ought to be!” The sad thing is that they are right. Divorce has become too common place and acceptable in the Church today. I know that things happen in a fallen world, no one is perfect, and divorce will happen. I was raised by a single Mom in a divorced home, so I know what it is like and I have sympathy and understanding when it comes to divorce. Some of the best Christians I have had the privilege of pastoring have been divorced and remarried. But the fact remains that God Hates Divorce, [Malachi 2:16] it scars the children, it weakens the Church, one weekend the kids are with Mom the next weekend they are with Dad, and they are never in the same Sunday School and Church on a regular basis. The Church is weakened and chances are that will become their habit as an adult. We have got to once again call Divorce sin in the Church, and it must once again become a rarity among us, if we are to ever again be the Salt and Light to this nation. Of course they are many other issues as well as Gay Marriage and divorce. We cannot stand against the evils of Alcohol because our Churches are full of Sipping Baptists. We cannot stand against gambling as a Church anymore because the Boats and the Casinos are crowded with Baptists, as well as members from every other denomination. On almost every moral issue that our nation is facing the Church has so failed that we no longer are relevant as the Lord’s Salt and Light. Could anything be worse as a Church than for the Lord to say of us that we are: “…GOOD FOR NOTHING, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men!”  [MATTHEW 5:13]

Preachers, you have got to once again become Prophets, a Voice from the Lord to His people, and denounce these evils for what they are, SIN, sin that is destroying our witness for the Lord, sin that is bringing shame and mockery upon the Lord and His Church, sin that MUST be Repented of, and that will no longer be looked upon as being trivial matters. I know there will be @#!*% to pay for preaching so straight to such a crooked people, but I also know that you as a Preacher can take courage in the fact that: “HE THAT IS OF GOD HEARETH GOD’S WORDS; YE, THEREFORE, HEAR THEM NOT, BECAUSE YE ARE NOT OF GOD!!” [John 8:47] Don’t let the Lord’s Sheep under your watch-care go to the wolves while you cater to the goats among you!!!

No Preacher needs to ever get into his pulpit and apologize to a bunch of Backslidden Baptists for what the Lord has said in HIS WORD!!  WOE is you if you do!!!

D. The Name of Jesus Has Been Mocked and Disgraced [Romans 2:24]

There was a time in America where the Church honored the Name of the Lord by her virtue and bold witness. But the Church while in her state of slumber has now slipped into every evil that the world practices, and in so doing we have seen a plague of sin and immorality so infect our preachers and people until now we have become a Disgraced and Mocked Church, full of what the world sees as nothing but hypocrites. I could be said of today’s Church what the Lord said of the His people in [Romans 2:24] “For the Name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you…”

E. Our Lives and Our Families Have Fell Into Disrepair [Matthew 7:24-27]

Look at the terrible price our lives and our families have paid for our apathy towards the Lord and His Word. Shattered lives and families litter the road of rebellion that we have traveled for so long.

F. The Lord Has Become Angered [Amos 6:1a]

Anyone that thinks the Lord will stand by and watch His Church be asleep at her post, allowing the enemy to have free course to Steal, to Kill, and To Destroy at will, without being angered, has a warped view of the Lord. I would venture to say that the Lord may see us to be more at fault than the enemy.

It has always amazed me how quick Nineveh was to repent once the Lord awakened Jonah and made him more than eager to go and do as the Lord had originally commanded him. Revival tarried not because of Sinful Ninevites, but because of a disobedient Prophet who was asleep and Comfortable in his sin and the Storm of judgment all around him, asleep, that is, until the backslider found himself in the belly of the Great Fish the Lord had prepared just for him.

My sleepy friend, the Lord has prepared a Great Fish just for you that will take you to the very depths of the Lord’s judgment, even to the very gates of death itself, if you do not awaken and return to being strictly obedient to the Lord.

ARISE O SLEEPER AND BE ABOUT THE LORD’S BUSINESS!!


 IV. THE RESPONSE TO OUR SLEEP

 A. Recognize … We MUST Recognize Our State of Sleep.

If would have eyes to see, it will not be difficult to recognize. This message should be an eye opener to all who have read it with a sincere desire to know how Jesus sees us! To those who refuse to see, their darkness will only increase.

“And Jesus Said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they who see not, might see; and that they who see, might be made blind!” [JOHN 9:39]

[JOHN 9:39] tells us that Jesus gives LIGHT, those that are blind and wish to see will receive sight and increased light. Those who see and refuse to accept the Truth Jesus shares shall be made blind and their darkness will continue to increase. That is the Lord’s judgment for rejecting to Truth. This is why so many in America can no longer SEE ANYTHING AS SIN. They have shut a blind eye to Truth for so long that they cannot now recognize it.

B. Repent … We MUST Have a Change of Mind Before We Will Ever Be Willing To Change Our Ways.                       

Oh, my friend I want to assure you that if you refuse to change your mind about your sin and sleepiness, the Lord has plenty of ways at His disposal to get you to change your mind, just as He did Jonah.

Do not make the Lord take you to the depths that He had to take Jonah to awaken Him!

C. Recommit … We MUST Have a New Commitment to Our Lord, and We Must Have It NOW.

Jonah would not have lasted much longer inside the great fish. Jonah, like the Prodigal Son in the pig pen in [Luke15:17, 18] “…came to himself…and said…I perish…I will arise and go to my Father…” That is what we must do NOW!!

[Romans 13:11, 12] is the Word to the CHURCH and the Only Hope for Our Sick and Dying Nation!!

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent; the day is at hand; let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” [Romans 13:11, 12]

~Jack Woodard  

[1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:4]

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                                                      WASTED YEARS

 

I looked upon a farm one day, That once I used to own;

The barn had fallen to the ground, The fields were overgrown.

 The house in which my children grew, Where we had lived for years-

I turned to see it broken down, And brushed aside the tears.

 I looked upon my soul one day, To find it, too,

 had grown with Thorns and Thistles every- where.

 The seeds neglect had sown.

 The years had passed while I had cared for things of lesser worth;

The things of heaven I let go while minding things on earth.

 To Christ I turned with bitter tears,

And cried, “O Lord, Forgive!

I haven’t much time left for thee,

Not many years to live.”

The wasted years forever gone,

The days I can’t recall;

If I could live those days again,

I’d make Him Lord of all!


 ~Author Unknown

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DANIEL: AN EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIAN LIVING IN A GODLESS WORLD

"Daniel and His Three Friends Refusing the Kings Wine!" Daniel 1:8

TITLE: DANIEL, A CAPTIVE WITH CONVICTIONS

TEXT:DANIEL 1:1-20

AUTHOR: JACK  WOODARD

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INTRODUCTION:

Daniel, like many of the young people in America today, was born in a time when his nation had turned its back on the Lord and were serving false gods and living godless lives. The Prophet Jeremiah was called by the Lord to warn the nation to repent and return to the Lord or face severe judgment at the hands of the Babylonian Armies and for 40 years he was faithful to his heavenly calling. His repeated warnings to his nation fell on deaf ears and hard hearts, but in the midst of this Apostasy the Scriptures tell us of at least 6 different people who Jeremiah must have influenced, (Baruch, Jeremiah’s personal secretary, [Jeremiah 36:4] the Prophet Habakkuk; Daniel and his 3 Hebrew fellow captives) which kept the torch of Faith lit for the coming generations. It is more than likely that Jeremiah may not have even realized that his ministry had influenced this hand full of people, four of which were just teenagers, who would rise to become great heroes of the Faith.

One of these 6 was the Prophet Habakkuk, who the Lord called to publish a written warning to the nation about 20 years after Jeremiah began his preaching ministry. [Habakkuk 2:2, 3]  About two years later and approximately 22 years into Jeremiah’s ministry, King Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian Army made their first of three raids on the Nation of Judah. During this first raid Nebuchadnezzar captured several of the choice people and youth of the nation and took them as captives back to Babylon. Many of these would become menial slaves in the kingdom, but some of the choicest of the young men were put through 3 years of higher Babylonian Education in which the students would have any and all of their past religious faith and loyalties erased from their hearts and minds and replaced with the faith of the false gods of the land, as well as learning the necessary subjects needed to be an administrator in the Kingdom. With this new faith also came the demand for a new and complete loyalty to the King and His Government as supreme. Once their training was completed they would then be ready to take their place as equipped and trusted servants in Nebuchadnezzar’s Kingdom.

Four of these youths were Daniel and the famous three Hebrew children. Daniel and his companions were probably around the age of 15 or 16 years old when taken captive, making them born about 6 or 7 years after Jeremiah began his ministry to Judah. Of these four, Daniel becomes the most prominent, [Daniel 6:2, 3] and the greatest example of how we as Christians are to live for Jesus as Strangers in a Foreign Land.

America today, like Judah of Daniel’s day, has forsaken the Lord and is now facing the similar fate as did Judah. Like Daniel, our young people are faced with a different America than their parents grew up in. America today is Babylon to our young people. The powers that be are trying to cleanse the Lord from the minds and hearts of a generation and bring them into servitude to Satan and his kingdom. Maybe no greater model exists today for our young people who seek to be true to Jesus in a godless world, than Daniel. Let’s look at Daniel’s life and encourage our youth today to emulate his example.

I. DANIEL’S CHALLENGES [Daniel 1:1-8]

The very first thing we see as we look at the life of Daniel is the challenges that he faced as a youth, a youth that was a believer desiring to live for the Lord. Every youth faces many challenges, but none as much as those youth, who like Daniel, desire to be loyal to their Lord in the midst of a godless generation. Daniel faced four particular challenges in his day.

A. The Challenge of a Secular Education [Daniel 1:3, 4]

Nebuchadnezzar knew that the first thing that had to be done was to win the minds of the young people, and to do that they would be placed in a Secular Education system in which their God, the True and Living God was eliminated and humanism and secularism would be drummed into their minds until they had been transformed from a Christian World View to a Secular View. That is exactly what are children have faced since the 60’s, when the Bible and Prayer were eliminated from our educational system, and replaced with the doctrines humanism and secularism.

Abraham Lincoln said that the philosophy of the generation in our schools today will be the philosophy of the generation that is running our government tomorrow, and that is where we are at today in America.

The generations that have been raised in our schools which had the Bible and Prayer removed are now the very people that are removing the Bible and Prayer from the rest of our society.

America and the Church will not survive with parents continuing to put their children under the counsel of the ungodly all week long, [Psalms 1:1] , and then on Sunday giving them one or two hours under the pitiful preaching in our powerless pulpits in America, while never opening the Bible or bending a knee for family devotions in the home. No wonder we are losing the battle for the minds of our young people.

B. The Challenge of Sinful Enticements [Daniel 1:5, 8]

Nebuchadnezzar, like Satan, had enough smarts to understand that it would be much easier to win these young men over to his gods and government if he baited the hook with attractive, sinful enticements. The King’s wine and meat, not the school lunches, but the Kings own rations were offered them. Yet, Daniel’s God had said in His Word that these things were sinful for the Child of God to partake of.

The youth of our day are being lured to Satan’s side by more sinful enticements than any other generation has ever known. Sex, drugs, alcohol, pornography, and on and on we can go. Our youth today cannot turn the television on without being bombarded with sex, alcohol, and every form of sin imaginable. They can get on the Internet and for free, pull up and watch the most vile, degrading sex acts imaginable. Then they see those who are to be their role models; teachers, politicians, entertainers, sports figures, and even parents living sinful and godless lives before them day in and day out, and we wonder why our youth have no commitment to Jesus, and abandon the Church as soon as they get old enough to make their own choices.

The abundance of temptations, the poor role models, combined with a secular educational system, weak pulpits, and parents who are not the spiritual leaders to their children that they are meant to be are producing one lost generation after another until finally our Christian Heritage will soon  be completely erased from our society. We are already seeing that very few in leadership in our government today hold a Christian World View. They not only do not have a Christian World View themselves, but are antagonistic towards all who do hold such views. Babylon is winning the battle for the minds and hearts of our children, and the situation is so desperate that only a Holy Ghost Heaven Sent Revival will save America. We are too far gone and too near the Lord’s Full Judgment to have the time to raise a generation of young people for Jesus who will win the hearts and minds of our people back to the Lord. WE MUST HAVE REVIVAL TO SAVE AMERICA!!!

 

C. The Challenge of Social Edicts [Daniel 6:4-9]

Daniel was forced to live in a society that had now outlawed his Faith. It was now against the law of the land to pray to his God and to publicly practice his Faith. What a similar world we live in, where prayer and the Bible are all but totally banned from our society by law as well as the symbols of our Faith, such as the Cross, nativity displays, and the 10 Commandments, but we are not talking about the former Soviet Union or the godless Russia of today, but America, the Nation who once boasted of her Exceptionalism and Christian Heritage.

Our youth today, like Daniel of old are facing the Challenges of Secular Education, Sinful Enticements, and Social Edicts that now all but make Christianity an outlawed Faith in the land of “Religious Freedom”.

D. The Challenge of the Suffering Entailed [Daniel 6:10-23]

Entailed is a good word to describe the other Challenge Daniel faced. Webster says entailed is defined as; “to require as a necessary consequence.” The Government had not only outlawed Daniel’s Faith from being practiced, the law required that anyone found breaking the law would be required to face the necessary consequences. For Daniel it would mean being thrown into the Lion’s Den, [Daniel 6:10-23] lied about, and conspired against. For the 3 Hebrew Children it would mean being thrown into the Fiery Furnace in an attempt to kill them. [Daniel 3:1-28]

This generation of Christians is the first generation of Christians in America that have really been threatened by the powers that be with suffering for practicing their Faith. Fined, imprisoned, slandered, loss of jobs, etc. is quickly becoming the price entailed for being a Christian that unashamedly and boldly practices their Faith wherever they may be, regardless of what the price for doing so may be. Daniel, when told he could not pray by order of the law, went as had been his custom to his regular place and time of prayer and threw open his windows that all could see that he was continuing to practice his Faith regardless of man’s law or the consequences for breaking them. How many would dare to be Daniel when facing a similar or even lesser challenge and consequences?

These are the Challenges that Daniel faced as a Teenage Christian, all alone in a Foreign Land. You too will find that this world will seem Foreign and Hostile to you if you are brave enough to defy it and declare your Faith as boldly as did Daniel. [2 Timothy 3:5] You too may find yourself facing opposition and hostility if you choose to stay true to Jesus in the face of all the challenges that are warning you not to do so.

 

II. DANIEL’S CONVICTIONS [Daniel 1:8]

 

Daniel’s response to these challenges reveal that even as a teenager, he was a young man with some rock ribbed convictions that he was not willing to compromise, no matter what the eventual cost may be.

Very few who claim to be Christians today, whether young or old show they have such a commitment to Jesus when faced with similar challenges. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t take much of a challenge to get the average professing Christian to compromise the Faith they claim to hold. I believe it was the late R.G. Lee who said; “13 drops of rain would knock 19 Baptists out of going to church”. Shallow convictions should cause many to question if they are really Christians. Let’s look at some of Daniel’s heart-felt, Christian convictions.

A. Daniel Had Convictions About Sin

That is a rarity in our nation and churches today. May I remind you that it was also the case in Daniel’s day, but it didn’t keep Daniel from holding to the belief that some things are just wrong and should not be done or participated in by a real Christian.

1. Daniel knew what sin was

[1John 3:4] ” Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth the Law; for sin is the transgression of the Law.”

Daniel would not partake of the Kings wine and meat because the Word of God said that he was not to do so as a Child of God. Daniel believed in the Inspiration and Authority of the Word of God. When it spoke the Lord was speaking, and when it said that there were things we were to do and not to do, Daniel believed it would be sin to defy or ignore that commandment.

Fewer and fewer people in America believe in any absolutes today. The majority believe truth is relative. A thing that is wrong for you may not be for me, or a thing that is right for you may not be for me. This is the rationale of the homosexual movement. There is nothing wrong with it if it is right for me, so live and let live.

I would like to take every person who does not believe in Absolute Truths and strap them into the Space Shuttle, and about 5 minutes before launch time, inform them that the engineers and scientists that had designed the Space Shuttle and their flight into space did not believe in Absolute Truths, so they did not design the Shuttle, or their flight by the set rules and laws of mathematics, aerodynamics, etc., not to worry though, every one of them did what they felt was right, even though they didn’t always agree on what was right or wrong, but I am sure that you will have a safe launch, a successful flight, and a safe return. Do you think they would chance their lives on that? I doubt it. I imagine they would be headed for the exits.

Yet, these same people that have accepted the lie that there is no such thing as absolute truth, feel safe to launch out into life and believe they will be successful and have a safe and happy ending when their time comes. They too need to come to their senses and see the foolishness of this insanity and head for the exits from this lie to save their lives and souls.

Daniel believed in Absolutes and in the Authority of God’s Word, if it said a thing was sin then to him it was sin, no matter what man or the laws of man said. Many a people have tried to legalize what God has outlawed from the beginning. If God’s Word calls it sin, it will always be sin, no matter what man may call it. That was a clear conviction of Daniel. Young people, Dare To Be Daniel!!!

 

2. Daniel knew who sin was against

[Psalms 51:4] “Against thee, (the Lord) thee only, have I sinned…” Daniel knew as did King David, that sin was what God said it was and when one did or failed to do as God has said that it was not only a sin, but it was a sin against God Himself. That puts sin in a different light, if it be against the Lord Himself. It is one thing to sin against another, but it is another thing when you realize that ultimately every sin is against God Himself.

3. Daniel knew sin would eventually have dire consequences upon the sinner

*Numbers 32:23 “Be sure your sin will find you out.”

*Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Moses knew that the pleasures of sin were just for a season. [Hebrews 11:25] That is why he turned his back on the world and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. That life of sin was bound to end in destruction and Moses got out before it destroyed him, as it had already done to millions. Sinner, do not think for a moment that there will not be severe consequences for you if you break the Commandments of the Lord. It is sin and a Holy God cannot and will not tolerate any man willfully defying Him and His Commandments. All sin leads eventually to dire consequences. That is the conviction that Daniel had about sin.

4. Daniel knew that the only Atonement from sin’s penalty and deliverance from sin’s power was the Blood of Jesus. [Daniel 8:11; 9:27; 11:31; Romans 1:16; Hebrews 9:22; 1John 1:8, 9]

At least three times Daniel reveals how the coming Anti-Christ will “…take away the daily sacrifice…” in Jerusalem when he rules during the Tribulation Period. This shows us that Daniel had a clear understanding that these sacrifices were a type of the Coming Savior and the shedding of His blood and His death upon Calvary’s Cross for the sins of man. Daniel knew the only answer for man’s sin was the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ that would be shed on Calvary’s Cross.

 

B. Daniel Had Convictions About the Lord’s Second Coming [Daniel 2:44, 45]

The Lord had shown Daniel the course of history that will end with the Coming of the Lord to set up His Kingdom upon the earth after He has broken the powers of all the kingdoms of man.

[Titus 2:5] “Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

From the moment the Lord showed Daniel the facts about the Coming of the Lord, he embraced it and it had a tremendous impact upon his entire life. It should impact our lives as well.

 1. The Blessed Hope will motivate us to live a pure life. [1John 3:3]

Daniel knew that outside of Calvary nothing motivated a man to live a pure life as much as did the truth of the imminent return of Jesus for His own. If a woman knew she was going to have an important guest coming to her home soon, she would get her house in order and make sure it was spotless. That is the effect the Blessed Hope has upon true believers.

 

2. The Blessed Hope will keep your life from being filled with worry and anxieties. [Philippians 4:4, 5]

The Coming Again of the Lord Jesus tells us that the Lord is in complete control of the world, and our world as well. We need not worry, we just need to be faithful to Jesus and claim His promises.

The world may look out of control, but be at rest Jesus is still on His Throne. Daniel believed that with all of his heart, and we can rest in that assurance as well.

3. The Blessed Hope will comfort your hearts when you stand at the graveside of a loved one. [1Thessalonians 4:13-18]

Only HOPE will bring comfort at the graveside of a loved one. The Hope they are in Heaven with Jesus, “…which is far better.” [Philippians 1:23] than being here upon this troubled earth gives comfort to every broken heart who will believe it. The sure Hope that one day soon we will be together again. No wonder the Bible calls it OUR BLESSED HOPE!!

4. The Blessed Hope will give you the motivation to faithfully endure the difficulties of this life, knowing that the Lord could come and put an end to our trials and suffering at any moment. [Hebrews 10:35-37]

Knowing that the “…Lord is at hand” tells the believer that the best is yet ahead of us, no matter the  tribulations we may be experiencing in the present, they will all come to an end at the return of Jesus, and that could be at any moment. A man can endure all most anything if he believes it will eventually come to an end. That is why Daniel was able to faithfully endure years of captivity and the many trials that came with it.

No wonder Titus calls the Coming of the Lord the Blessed Hope for the Christian.

C. Daniel Had Convictions About Eternity [Daniel 12:1-3]

 

1. Daniel saw that the Souls of all men are eternal.

Satan would like for you to believe that death will end it all, but the Bible is clear that “And it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] There is life after death and it begins with JUDGMENT. Every man is created in the image of God. [Genesis 1:26] We are eternal beings as is God. There was a time that you were not, but since your conception there will never be a time when you are not!!

2. Daniel saw that there was an Eternal Heaven awaiting the saved.

[1 JOHN 2:17] tells us; “And the world passeth away, and the lust o it; but he that doeth the will of god abideth forever.” This world we know is already doomed for judgment, and man is heading for death, so the Lord has prepared another home for each eternal soul. For the redeemed, (those who have put their trust in Jesus for salvation) Jesus tells us in [JOHN 14:2, 3] “…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” The Apostle Paul tells us in [2 Corinthians 5:6] “…to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Heaven is the Eternal Home for the Child of God. Daniel believed in a literal Heaven where the saved go upon their death to be with Jesus and the saved throughout eternity.

3. Daniel saw that there was an Eternal H-E-L-L awaiting the lost.

Daniel also believed the Lord had an eternal place for the souls of the Unbeliever. That place is H-e-l-l , and it is just as real as is Heaven. Men go there just as they do Heaven. I realize that most do not believe that any longer, but it is still in the BOOK, and people are still going their everyday even though the Apostate the Church, and Christ denying world refuses to believe in H-e-l-l any longer.

D. Daniel Had Convictions About Salvation [Daniel 12:2, 3]

Daniel had strong beliefs about Salvation. It is evident throughout the Book of Daniel that Daniel did not believe like so many others, that a man lived and died and that was all there was, nor did he believe that all men will end up in Heaven eventually.

1. All men must be saved.  [Romans 3:23; Acts 4:12]

Daniel believed that ALL men MUST have their own personal salvation experience with Jesus, the Messiah. He did not believe that Heaven was the automatic destiny for anyone. He believed ALL MEN MUST BE SAVED to escape @#!*% and go to Heaven.

2. All men can be saved. [John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9]

Daniel believed that no one will be excluded for being saved except those who refuse to come to Jesus and Him alone for salvation. [John 3:16] affirms that salvation is both Inclusive and Exclusive. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (all inclusive) BELIEVETH IN HIM (exclusive to believers in Jesus only) should not perish, (go to H_E-L-L ) but have everlasting life. There is Everlasting life in Heaven for the Believer, and everlasting damnation in h-e-l-l for the Unbeliever. That is what the Bible teaches and that is the conviction that Daniel strongly held to.

3. All men must be saved the same way. [John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13; Phil. 2:9-11]

Daniel believed strongly that there was salvation in no other than Jehovah God. There were no other god’s in Daniel’s belief system except the imaginary god’s that evil men had created from their own evil imaginations. Daniel knew that salvation was only through faith in the Coming Messiah that would be the Lamb of God that would sacrifice His sinless life and shed His innocent blood on the Cross to atone for the sins of mankind. Daniel believed that salvation was exclusively in Christ alone. The Name of Jesus is the ONLY NAME WHEREBY MEN MUST BE SAVED.

This foolishness that we are all serving the same God, we just give Him different names, is a damnable heresy. The Bible makes it crystal clear that the ONLY NAME that a lost sinner can call upon for salvation is the NAME of JESUS!!  To trust in any other Name is to be damned for an eternity in H-E-L-L .

 

III. DANIEL’S COURAGE [Daniel 6:10]

Let me say a quick word about Daniel’s courage. Daniel’s convictions would have been of little value to him and others if he had not had the Courage of his Convictions. That is one thing that is sorely missing among the Lord’s people today. This lack of Super-Natural courage and boldness within the Church is one of the leading reasons that we are being defeated in every moral and spiritual battle facing America today. Courage is a must if one is going to be a faithful, obedient, and a victorious Christian in this day of increasing hostility towards Jesus and His Church.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, at a 1978 Harvard Commencement Address said: “Must one point out that from ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end?

That is why Jesus commanded His disciples in [Acts 1:4,8] that they were not to depart from the upper room for the fields of service until they knew for certain that they had been Filled and Empowered by the Holy Spirit. The powers of darkness against the Church can only be met and overcome with the Power and the Courage of ones convictions that only the Fullness of the Holy Spirit can provide.

There was a day in America when the temptations and opposition were far fewer than we face today. It did not take much power for a Christian to live successfully for Jesus. Those days are gone, and today we find ourselves in circumstances similar to Daniel’s day, and there is no way to maintain your victory over temptation and opposition without the Power of God upon your life, and the Lord will only share His power with those to whom HE IS REALLY THE LORD OF ALL THEIR LIFE. The ones to whom Jesus is ALL, are the only ones who will know His Power and Victory in the days to come. Jesus will only Fill the Fully Submitted Heart, never the half-hearted.

ill. I once read about a young man who was crippled and confined to a wheel chair.In Church one Sunday Morning he heard his Pastor preach a challenging sermon on being sold out to Jesus. During the Invitation time he wheeled himself to the altar. After arriving at the altar the young man asked the Pastor: “Pastor, can the Lord use half a man? To which his Pastor replied: “Son, the Lord can and will use half a man who is fully surrender to Him, but He can not and will not use a whole man who is half surrender to Him.” That is why the lukewarm Church is so impotent today.

My friend if you have never experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit the Lord commands you to do so now! [Ephesians 5:18] It is amazing what man’s flesh can accomplish, but it will never give you victory in these days we live in.

IV. DANIEL’S COMPENSATIONS

Let me close by saying a word about Daniel’s Compensations. Daniel paid a price at times for his faithfulness to the Lord, but the Lord’s Compensations for his faithfulness far outweighed any price that he paid for remaining true to Jesus.

A. He enjoyed a “Special Fellowship”with Jesus that those who compromised never knew.

B. He enjoyed a “Special Favor” that Jesus continually gave him with others, especially those that were the powers that be. None of the compromisers knew any of this favor on their lives.

C. He enjoyed a “Special Force”with his life. What I mean by that is Daniel’s life was a force for the Lord; his short time here upon the earth was not a wasted life, but a Force for Jesus. It could be said of Daniel what the Lord said of King David in Acts 13:36; “…David…served his own generation by the will of God…”

Nothing could be greater than to have the Lord use your life to be a Force for Him, while you are among the living. Too many Christians live and die and leave no hole behind them when they are gone. When you stick your hand in a bucket of water and pull it out it doesn’t take even a second for the hole to fill back up. That is the way it is for many Christians when they die, it doesn’t take long for their absence to be filled by another. Their lives made little impact for Jesus and their absence is barely missed.

The cost will no doubt get greater to live faithfully for Jesus in the days ahead, but my friend, as the life of Daniel shows, the Compensations from the Lord will far outweigh the costs, not only in this life, but in the life to come as well. [Daniel 12:2, 3]

 

CONCLUSION:

In these days of increasing challenges to our Faith, we need Daniels who will not allow the world to mold them into its image. Daniels, who are willing to hold to their convictions, regardless the challenges or the consequences for doing so, Daniel’s who have the courage of their convictions. Christians that are, “…strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” [Ephesians 6:10] Christians who have, “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” [Ephesians 6:11]  Christians who want to keep the torch of faith lit to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Christians who can say with the Apostle Paul: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” [2 Corinthians 4:17]  Christians who want to come to the end of their lives and to be able to say about their lives what the Apostle Paul said about his time here, when he knew his time of departure was at hand; “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” [2 Timothy 4:7, 8]

 

INVITATION:

I want to encourage each one of you that are reading this sermon to examine your life and your loyalty to Jesus. Are you a Daniel, or are you like the thousands of other young men and women that were taken to Babylon along with Daniel and the 3 Hebrew children. You never read about all of the other captives, and no doubt the reason we don’t is because they were not willing to be Daniel’s, they were not willing to have the courage of their convictions and risk suffering for their faith, they would rather compromise their Faith than to suffer for their Faith.

If this is you, I beg you for your sake, for the sake of our Nation, for the sake of your family, and for the Lord’s sake to repent and rededicate your life to Jesus, surrender your all to Him, and allow Him to use you in this generation according to His will.

If you are lost I want to encourage you to Recognize that you are a Sinner, [Romans 3:23] and the Wages of Sin is Death.[Romans 6:23] If you do not get saved before you die ,or before the return of Jesus for His Church, you will eventually die and go to @#!*% for all of eternity. But no one needs to die and go to @#!*% . Christ Jesus died for you, to pay for your sin. [John 3:15; Romans 5:8] He rose from the grave and is no doubt speaking to your heart through this very message. If while you hear His voice and will reach out to Him with a Repentant heart and call upon Him, He will save you this very moment. [Romans 10:13]  Then you too may take up your cross and follow Jesus as did Daniel. You too can have a life that really matters. You too can live for more than Success you can live a life of Significance, a life that will matter for time and eternity.

THE CONFESSION OF A YOUNG CHRISTIAN MARTYR FROM AFRICA

“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made, I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows, work till He stops me and when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear!!”

 No wonder he became a Martyr!!

~JACK WOODARD

[1Cor 2:2; 2Cor 4:5]

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THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE PLACE CALLED H-E-L-L

TITLE:   H-E-L-L , THE ETERNAL ABODE OF THE LOST

TEXT:  LUKE 16:19-31

AUTHOR: JACK WOODARD

SERMON OUTLINE:

1. H-E-L-L IS A FORGOTTEN FACT

11. H-E-L-L IS A FRIGHTENING FUTURE

111. H-E-L-L IS A FOOLISH FINISH

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The most solemn subject that a writer could set his pen to write on is the subject of H-E-L-L. The most solemn message that could come from the lips of a preacher is the subject of H-E-L-L. The most solemn subject that one could expose his ears to hearing is the subject of H-E-L-L . That makes it all the more reason that H-E-L-L be a subject that is not ignored nor taken lightly. It is a matter that deals with Eternity, with Real Souls, Suffering in a Real Place. It is a Great truth that must be preached and never allowed to be ignored or seldom heard from our pulpits. Those Preachers who believe Scripture to be THE INERRANT, INFALLIBLE, WORD of GOD, must not be silent on the subject of H-E-L-L, leaving only Liberals, Apostates, and Heretics to teach the Church and the World their false doctrines about H-E-L-L.

Before I begin the message I want to emphasize four great truths for us to think about as we look at the verses of Scripture before us, and turn our thoughts to the subject of H-E-L-L , THE ETERNAL ABODE OF THE LOST!!

1. It Is Jesus Who Is Telling This Story! [“…and He (Jesus) said unto them…” Luke 16:15]

Many people show their ignorance of Jesus and the Bible when they say; “If Jesus were here today He would never preach on H-e-l-l .” The fact is that while on earth Jesus had more to say about H-e-l-l and Judgment than almost any other subject that He spoke about. If a Preacher would pattern his pulpit ministry after Jesus, he would have 4 or 5 different sermons on H-e-l-l that he would preach to his same crowd every year. If nothing else, it would be like an occasional thunder storm, that after it has passed, the air has been cleared. Once in a while the preacher needs to thunder just to clear the air of all the frivolous and foolishness that we are so prone to let clutter our lives and our churches. All of that needs to be cleaned out once in a while, so we can again begin to focus our thoughts and energies on the Great Commission and our Relationship with Jesus. Nothing will do that like an old fashion, hot, thundering message on H-e-l-l !!

The Jesus who is: “…the same yesterday, and today, and tomorrow.”[Hebrews 13:8], would preach the Same Today as He preached yesterday and if He tarries His coming a thousand years, He would preach the same message Tomorrow, if tomorrow be a thousand years from Today!!

2. It Is the Religious to Whom Jesus Is Preaching the Reality and Warning of  H-E-L-L To! [Luke 16:14, 15a]

It is sobering to discover that whenever Jesus preached on H-E-L-L and Eternal Damnation, it was always unto the Religious Crowd and not to the Sinners, Tax Collectors or Harlots. No one is in more danger of H-e-l-l Fire than the Self-Righteous Religious Crowd. No one needs a clear and convicting message of H-e-l-l as does the Laodicean Church of this Apostate Generation!!

3. Jesus Is Preaching About A Real Place And A Real Person Suffering Real Torment!

This is not a parable, but literal in all aspects. This not only is not a parable, it also is not in the past tense, this same man that Jesus spoke of is still in the same place suffering the same torment today as he was the very day that Jesus lifted the cover off of H-e-l-l and let us have a glimpse of the eternal abode of the damned!!

4. The Doctrine Of H-e-l-l Is A Fundamental Of The Christian Faith!

To take away the doctrine of H-e-l-l, then you must do away with the Infallibility of the Bible, The Deity of Christ, The Blood Atonement of Christ, the Eternal Hope of Heaven. Those who would do away with the Horrors of a Literal H-e-l-l also must do away with the Hope of a Literal Heaven. If there is no H-e-l-l , then there is no reason for preaching any other doctrine, nor the Hope the Gospel offers the world.

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THREE GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT H-E-L-L:

I. H-E-L-L IS A FORGOTTEN FACT

This man in our story, like many today, was raised in a religious home and in a Bible teaching Church, who had taught him as a child about the Fact of H-e-l-l. But over the years it became a forgotten truth to him, a fact that he never gave much, if any thought to as he grew older. How did he forget such a fundamental to his childhood Faith? How could he of become so oblivious to the Fact of H-e-l-l . This is a great problem in our land today. So many who were once raised in a Christian home and Church as a child, are now living their adult lives as if they have never heard of a H-e-l-l, where the lost and wicked unbelievers in Jesus will spend an eternity. They are living the life of an unbeliever, though they once were raised in the Faith. How can that be? This is one of those things that are so discouraging to many parents and so disheartening to many good pastors.

A. A Disturbing Woe! 

No one likes to think of such an awful thing as a devils H-e-l-l , it becomes easy just to put it out of your mind. That may have been what happened to this man. There are too many good things the world has to offer for our partaking, to spoil it by thinking about a literal H-e-l-l. That is the age old lie of Satan that the Rich Man must have accepted. Oh, if he would of have heard Jesus when He Preached; “FOR WHAT IS A MAN BE PROFITED, IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?” [Matthew 16:26]

You, that find the subject of H-e-l-l too disturbing to think about, the thought of it takes the joy out of your sinful and worldly life, you owe it to yourselves to take a moment and give serious thought to Jesus’ solemn question. He would have you to give serious thought to it. There is an end coming for us all, then where will you be? You may not want to think about H-e-l-l today, so you can be at ease in your selfish and sinful life, but if you do not give it thought, I can assure you that you will surely go there someday, and after that you will never again be able to put it from any of your thoughts throughout eternity. Then, H-e-l-l will consume you forever and ever!!

B. The Distractions of the World!

[Matthew 13:22] tells us that each of us can easily have our attention diverted from the Lord and spiritual matters by the Cares of This World, The Deceitfulness of  Riches and the Love of Pleasures.

There is little doubt that the devil uses these distractions to get our thoughts off of our Soul and our Eternity. I once saw an interview of a Rookie Basketball Player who had just signed a multi-million dollar contract (a name everyone would know if I mentioned his name) with the team that had just drafted him. The reporter asked him a question about his plans for the future. I will never forget this young man’s answer, he said: “I am not thinking about the future, I am having so much fun living in the present.” That is the attitude of most of humanity today, and that will be the reason that many of those will wake up in @#!*% , and no one will be so shocked to find themselves there than they will be. You are not ready to live until you have first made preparation for death and eternity!!

C. The Deceptions of the Wicked!

This man in his day, like us in our day, had many Sadducees and Apostates that told him that there was no H-e-l-l , no judgment, no after-life, no heaven to gain or H-e-l-l to concern himself about. To the worldly man this becomes an attractive message that allows him to go on living a life of sin with a clear conscience. So like many today, he found him a liberal preacher and church that told him throughout all of his adult life, that there was no H-e-l-l to be concerned with. I have had people leave my church and tell others that the reason they were leaving was they wanted to find them a preacher that preached what they wanted to hear, something that made them feel good. The sad thing is they would have no problem finding them such a preacher (puppet) or church. Our land is littered with such. With the message of H-e-l-l being such a Disturbing Woe to this man along with the Distractions of the World, and the Deceptions of the Wicked, all played a part in this man forgetting the Fact that there was a real H-e-l-l to shun. Satan is still using these same tricks on our generation.

D. The Dereliction of the Warriors!

In [2 Timothy 2:3] the Apostle Paul challenges every Preacher of the Gospel, to “…endure hardness, as a GOOD SOLDIER of JESUS CHRIST.” There are too many sissies in our pulpits today who do not want to endure any kind of hardship, and they know that they will certainly experience some hardships from their carnal members if they preach on the unpopular truth of H-e-l-l . The truth is that one of the main reasons that our Churches and our Nation has forgotten about the Fact of H-e-l-l is that very few Preachers any more are preaching on the subject of H-e-l-l and warning sinners to flee from it, for fear of being considered negative, becoming unpopular and losing their crowds. It seems they are willing to enlarge H-e-l-l to enlarge their crowd and be popular at the cost of eternal souls.

[Romans 10:17] tells us that “…faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” People will not believe in something that they never hear the Preachers preach on. Preachers should model their ministry (especially their pulpit ministry) after the Lord Jesus. Jesus had more to say about H-e-l-l and Judgment than almost any other subject He spoke on. Jesus was a H-e-l-l-Fire and Damnation Preacher.

The Apostle Paul, the greatest Preacher since Jesus, never shied away from preaching on any subject. In [Acts20:26, 27] he tells the Elders in Ephesus that “…I am free from the blood of all men; for I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” Preacher do not shun away from the preaching of H-e-l-l , Jesus never did, John the Baptist never did, the Apostle Paul never did, no Truly Called Man of God ever has and if you do, it is a sure sign that YOU ARE NOT A TRULY CALLED MAN OF GOD!! What do you think you are trying to save souls from? The temporary hardships and poverty’s of this life, NO! A thousand times NO, this “…world passeth away, and the lusts of it; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” [1John 2:17] There is a H-e-l-l that we are to Rescue Perishing Sinners from. If you never preach it the world will forget all about it until they wake-up in fire and brimstone. Preacher, you that shun away from the subject of H-e-l-l for fear of the reprimands from your carnal members, you had better pray that you too are not a H-e-l-l Bound Sinner.

It will be an awful thing to find yourself in H-e-l-l with the ones you were sent to warn about the fact of H-e-l-l and you were not faithful in doing so.  Read the Lord’s Warning He gives to all preachers in Ezekiel 33:7-9, where He tells those timid preachers, that the blood of the souls who the Lord gave him to warn and did not do so, will be charged to his hands. The Lord will see you as the cause for these lost and unwarned souls being in H-e-l-l , and in some way He will hold us accountable for allowing such.

II. H-E-L-L IS A FRIGHTENING FUTURE

In these verses we see how Frightening H-e-l-lreally is. A man that is experiencing H-e-l-l finds it so horrible that he wants no other man to have to come to this horrible place.

A. A Place of Unending Punishment! 

[“And these shall go away into Everlasting Punishment…” Matthew 25:46]

I have watched as men convicted of a capital crime were given a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and thought to myself how horrible it would be to know that you would never again be free once those doors slam shut behind you. You will be behind bars for the rest of your natural life. Yet, that is what a person who goes to H-e-l-l will face. Only now it will be an eternal sentence, never again to be released from H-e-l-l . It is an ETERNAL SENTENCE. Lost soul, you need to think long and hard before you throw eternity away for a short life of sin and selfishness, not wanting Jesus to Lord it over you. Your freedom is short lived. You are headed for an eternal incarceration in H-e-l-l . Then you will be forced to bow your knee and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord. [Philippians 2:9] He will then be in absolute control of your life and eternity and no power will be great enough to change your eternal destiny, as a matter of fact in that day they will be no powers but Jesus. He alone will be King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s. He will rule Supreme, even over the regions of the damned!! [Revelation 1:18]

B.  A Place of Unbelievable Pain!  [“…tormented in this flame…” Luke 16:24] 

"And in @#!*% ..he cried...I am tormented in the flame." Luke16:23,24"


While serving in Viet-Nam during the Viet-Nam War, I had the unfortunate experience of grabbing a hot pipe one day and burning all of the skin off of the palm of my right hand, leaving exposed all of the nerve endings on my hand. I can tell you that there is no pain like that which results from a burn. Thankfully, there was a military camp nearby with a Doctor I could go to. He gave me some pain pills to relieve the pain and ointment that he put on my burn to begin the healing process. I have often read Jesus’ Words and thought of how horrible it would have been if after being so burned and in such torment that I could have never found a Doctor, if there had never been any healing, and if I had never been able to of found relief from the awful pain. There will be no such fortunes in H-e-l-l. In H-e-l-l there will be no healers, nor pain relievers, nor is there hope of ever having the pained diminished or stopped, not even for a second of time. Unbelievable Torment for All Eternity!!

Jesus tells us in [Matthew 5:27-30], that if a man is so dominated by lust that he cannot keep his hands off a women or look at a women without lusting after her, that it would be better if he would “pluck his right eye out”, and “cut his right hand off”, and stop that lust, (this is figurative language, not to be taken literally) than to let his lust keep him from coming to Jesus and in the end, go to H-e-l-l . Think how painful it would be to poke your finger into your eye socket and pluck out your own eye, think how painful it would be to take a chainsaw and cut off you right hand at the wrist. Yet, Jesus says that pain would be nothing compared to the horrible pains one will live with eternally in H-e-l-l !! Unbelievable Torment for All Eternity!! Oh, sinner, flee to Jesus from the wrath to come!!

C. A Place of Unheard Petitions! [“…nay…” Luke 16:24, 30]

Here is a man praying, but it is too late and to the wrong person. None of his prayers were answered, and all he could do was to argue and plead his case, but to no avail. All of the screaming petitions that the damned will utter in H-e-l-l will fall upon deaf ears. In H-e-l-l there will be no mercy available, there will be no second chances, no matter how loud or long the petitions may be. Sinner, if you are to find mercy and a second chance, you must pray to the Lord for it NOW! [ISAIAH 55:6…”Seek the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near], [2 Corinthians 6:2…”For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee; behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”]

If a sinner has a prayer to pray he must pray it now. Jesus is deaf to the petitions from H-e-l-l !! Oh, how awful must be the sounds of the screaming petitions from the damned that echo through the corridors of H-e-l-l , but never heard in Heaven.

D. A Place of An Unusual Population! [“…beggar…laid at his gate…” Luke 16:20; Revelation 21:8]

H-e-l-l is no respecter of persons. This rich man lived as royalty, separated from poor, the violent, the criminal and those down and out. All of these were outside his gate. Like the more affluent do in our society that is filled with crime and violence, he lived in a Gated Community, separated and protected from the sight of the poor, and the dangers of the criminal elements of society. But there is no such separation in H-e-l-l. H-e-l-l is no respecter of persons. It is made up of what we would consider as an Unusual Population.

H-e-l-l makes no distinction on its claims for the young and the old, no separation from the hardened criminal and the tender offender, no separation from the white collar criminal and those who are guilty of capital crimes, no separation of the races. No separation from the good and the evil. H-e-l-l is populated different than this world. People like to live separate from the riffraff of the world, but if those same elite die without Jesus they will spend and eternity with the abominable, liars, adulterers, drug addicts, and every other type of evil men they are. What an offensive thought, but true nevertheless.

 

1. [Matthew 7:21] tells us that there will be Many Lost Church Members in H-E-L-L!

[Matthew 25:1-13] gives us the parable of the 10 virgins. We are told 5 were foolish, the reason being, even though they were lived as pure (virgins) lives as any Saint could do while living here upon the earth, they were lost and ended up in H-e-l-l , because they had never really trusted Jesus and asked Him into their hearts.

Careless about their salvation being real, was their only failing. Now these pure while on earth, are spending an eternity with the most, vile sinners who ever walked the face of the earth.

 2. [Revelation 21:8] tells us that there will be the Worst of Humanity in H-E-L-L !

In [Matthew 5:22] Jesus warned of those who are “…in danger of H-E-L-L fire.” The word Jesus used for H-e-l-l here is “GEHANNA”, the name of Jerusalem’s City Dump, where the trash was dumped and its fires continually burned. In other words, H-e-l-l is the garbage dump of humanity.

3. [The fearful…unbelieving …Revelation 21:8]

Good moral people, but damned for their unbelief in Jesus, and that because they were too fearful to publicly acknowledge and confess Jesus. You will notice in [Revelation 21:8], where the Lord tells us of those who will be in H-e-l-l , the very first person that is listed is the “Fearful.” The Holy Spirit, the Author of the Bible, placed every word exactly where He wanted it, and in placing the Fearful first He is telling us that FEAR is the Number One reason that people end up in H-e-l-l , too fearful to walk the aisle, too fearful to take a public stand for Jesus. Too afraid of what one of their old buddies will say. H-e-l-l  will be crowded with cowards. The rest of their life may have been seen as ideal, but at heart they were cowards. My friend, if you are too big a coward to stand for Jesus now, just think about what it will be like to go to the most FRIGHTENING PLACE one can imagine? H-e-l-l is a place that was not originally created and prepared for man, but for the Devil and his angels. [Matthew 25:41]

Ye that are fearful listen to Jesus’ warning to you.” And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him (the Lord) who is able to destroy both soul and body IN H-E-L-L!!” [Matthew 10:28]

4. Procrastinators! [ACTS 24:25]

In [Acts 24:25] the Apostle Paul’s gives his testimony to Governor Felix and his challenges him to trust in Jesus, after which Felix procrastinated and told Paul to “…go thy way for this time, when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” We are never told that Felix ever found a better time, and no doubt he died and went to H-e-l-l.  H-e-l-l is populated with many politicians and people who at one time, like Felix, had the opportunity to be saved, but procrastinated, putting it off for a better time, a time which never came. Satan tells people to put Jesus off until they feel more like it, knowing that they will never feel more like it than at that very moment.

E. A Place of Unthinkable Partings! [“… there is a great gulf fixed…” Luke 16:126]

What a horrible thought it is to know that when a man goes to H-e-l-l that he will have to part with everything that he holds precious, his family, his money, his good times, his fine house, the laughs of young children at play, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. No more rainbows in his sky, no more rain drops in his world, no more dew dampened grass in his mornings. No more the sound of the bird’s chirruping. Nothing that makes life worth living will be in his world evermore, the underworld of the damned!! The following Poem pictures it well.

H-E-L-L !  THE PRISON HOUSE OF DESPAIR

H-E-L-L! The prison house of despair,

Here are some things that won’t be there;

No flowers will bloom on the banks of H-E-L-L ,

No beauties of nature we love so well;

No comforts of home, music and song,

No friendship of joy will be found in that throng;

No children to brighten the long, weary night,

No love nor peace nor one ray of light;

"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night

No blood-washed soul with face beaming bright,

No loving smile in that region of night;

No mercy, no pity, pardon nor grace,

No water; O God, what a terrible place!

The pangs of the lost no human can tell,

Not one moment’s ease – there is no rest in H-E-L-L !!

  H-E-L-L! The prison house of despair,

Here are some things that will be there;

Fire and Brimstone are there, we know,

For God in His Word hath told us so;

Memory, remorse, suffering and pain

Weeping and wailing, but all in vain;

Blasphemers, swearers, haters of God,

Christ-rejecters while here on earth trod,

Murderers, gamblers, drunkards and liars,

Will have their part in the lake of fire;

The filthy, the vile, the cruel and mean,

Yes, more than humans on earth can tell,

Are torments and woes of eternal H-E-L-L!

Oh, ye who are now rejecting Jesus, offended by the thought that Jesus would call you are a H-e-l-l deserving sinner; give serious thought to where you are going to, and what you will be abandoning forever. What a frightening future awaits you!! Flee to the arms of Jesus from the wrath to come!

III. H-E-L-L IS A FOOLISH FINISH 

[Luke 16:30, 31… they have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.”]  (The first 5 Books of the Bible, and the Prophetic Books of the Bible)

Here is a man that was truly a Fool if there ever was one. He, like his brothers had been given the Word of God, which is filled with warnings about H-e-l-l . He also had many other warnings and opportunities to repent, but he ignored them all, then died and went to H-e-l-l . 2Peter 3:9 tells us that the Lord does all He can do to block the road to H-e-l-l. [2Peter 3:9…”The Lord is…long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”] Jesus does everything He can to make it difficult for a person to go to H-e-l-l. He has placed so many roadblocks in a lost sinner’s way as he marches to H-e-l-l, that there is no need for any to die and go to H-e-l-l.

A. The Roadblock of the Bible! [Luke 16:30, 31]

God has given us His Precious Word to reveal to every man all he needs to know to stay out of H-e-l-l . The Bible tells you there is a God who created you.[Genesis1] It tells you what sin is in God’s eyes, [Romans 7:7] and shows you that you too are a sinner, [Romans 3:23] it tells you that God has said the wages of sin is death, [Romans 6:23] It also tells you that, you are a H-e-l-l deserving sinner, it tells you that in spite of that, that God loves you and Christ died and shed His blood to pay for your sins that you could be forgiven and receive eternal life and an eternal home in heaven with Him. [John 3:6; Romans 5:8] The rich man probably had his childhood Bible in his home, he probably had heard the Prophet, John the Baptist preach the Word of God, and he may of heard Jesus speak to him, yet it all fell on deaf ears and a hard heart!! He climbed over the Bible to go to H-e-l-l . What a Fool!!

B. The Roadblock of the Church!

I am convinced that in H-e-l-l the damned will remember every church building that they had ever driven by with a Steeple pointing towards the heavens. Churches that they paid little or no attention to, even though the Lord and His people had built those buildings as a monument to the truth that there is a Real God and there is a real eternity to which every person must go into, to be there eternally, either in heaven or H-e-l-l !! Many of these damned watched each Sunday as the Body of Christ gatherer together to worship their Lord. They watched them drive by, dressed and headed for Church as they were mowing their lawns, or hooking up their boats for a day on the lake, or preparing the grill for a Sunday Barbecue. Did they not ask themselves one time about why these Christians were gathering together? Did they not ask themselves one time why these people built those great building’s. If they did or did not they were still a constant testimony to them that there was a heaven to gain and a H-e-l-l to shun, but they stumbled over it into an eternal H-e-l-l .

C. The Roadblock of the Efforts and Influence of Godly People!

[Christian Parents…Sunday-School Teachers…Pastors…Soul Winners…Godly Grandparents…etc.]

There are so many influences that no man need go to H-e-l-l . How the damned will be haunted by the memory of the teachings of a Saintly Parent, a Faithful Sunday School Teacher, their childhood Pastor, our that faithful Soul-Winner that had taken time out of their life to come to his home, knock on his door and ask for the opportunity to share with them the Gospel, only to be refused entrance. That soul-winner that they turned away could have kept them from H-e-l-l if they would have just taken a moment out of their life and gave him a serious hearing, but now it is too late, now they are damned in a devils H-e-l-l  forever and ever.

Oh sinner if you go to H-e-l-l you will have to climb over the many Godly Influences that the Lord has placed in your life to turn you away from that awful place!!

When I went to Pastor my first Church I was told of a Hard Case in the community that every preacher and evangelist that had gone through that community had witnessed to, but to no avail, and my visits did not turn out any different. Years later, after I had been long gone from that Church, I received a call from one of its members that I had stayed in contact with over the years. He told me that this man had finally gotten saved. I asked him to tell me how it came about and he commenced to tell me that this man had gotten deathly ill and had to be hospitalized, he later told that on one particular night while in the hospital he came near to deaths door, and as he did, he said that all of a sudden that he had his life flash before his face and in that moment he saw every preacher and evangelist that had ever attempted to share Jesus with him, and at that moment he finally realized that they had been right and he was wrong, that the Lord had sent them to him and he had rejected them. Now realizing he was a lost sinner, near the gates of H-e-l-l, he right then and there repented and cried out to Jesus to save him.

I am satisfied that every damned soul in H-e-l-l will live with the constant recall and vision of the faces and voices of every Godly Influence the Lord had ever placed in their life to turn them off the path to H-e-l-l . Then they will realize, but eternally too late, that Jesus had sent them across their path as sure as He sent Phillip, the Evangelist to the Gaza to cross paths with a hungering sinner, the Treasurer of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Eunuch!! [ACTS 8:26-40] Sinner, the next time a Christian shares Jesus with you realize that the Lord has sent them across your path at that moment in time to keep you from going to H-e-l-l . Don’t climb over them and go to H-e-l-l.

D. The Voice of the Holy Spirit! [John 16:8-11]

How many times have you heard a still small voice telling you that you were a sinner, that as a sinner you were under the condemnation of God, but He loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that if you would just believe in Him, He would forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life

[John3:16; 16:7-11] The damned in H-e-l-l would give anything to hear that still small voice speak to them again the invitation to come to Jesus for mercy and salvation. But it will be a hopeless wish and an empty dream, for He will never speak to them again. The moment passed, as the voice went unheeded and now they are DAMNED for Eternity. [HEBREWS3:7, 8] “TODAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS…!”

E. The Many Sermons One Has Heard Over Their Lifetime!

Preachers have given their lives to preach the Gospel and to warn sinners of an eternal H-e-l-l . The damned will have perfect recall in H-e-l-l . He will hear every sermon he or she set under or turned the channel on because they did not want to hear any more of that old stuff. They will then realize that each of those messages was a roadblock placed in their way by the Lord, to keep them out of the H-e-l-l that they are now confined to!! Then they will know how that time and time again they climbed over a Sermon to go to H-e-l-l !

F. One’s Own Conscience!

How many times had their own conscience smote them after committing a sin, a condemning conscience telling them they were a sinner in need of a Savior, a haunting conscience they tried to drown out through booze, drugs, sex, and even religion. A haunting conscience they seared and deadened by their continual defiance and wickedness. In H-e-l-l they will be haunted by the memory of that tender conscience that had once sounded the alarm to flee from the wrath to come, but now it is too late. If your conscience has smitten you, if you can still feel the pangs of guilt and shame, come running to Jesus for salvation and let His Blood give you a Clear and Clean Conscience before it is too late.

G. Providential Warnings!

How many times has a man had his brush with death, and was shaken by the thought of his own mortality and his need to Prepare to Meet God. How many times have we encountered people or situations that have given us pause, and made us aware that these incidents were not just normal, there was something of God about these moments. Like Jacob we were awakened to sense that God was in this place at that moment in our life. [Genesis 28:16] And yet, they choose to climb over warning after warning to go to H-e-l-l !!

H. The Cross!

Every Sermon on Calvary, every Cross that has dawned the Skies, or dangled from some ones neck, every Passion Play, every Hymn on the Old Rugged Cross they have ever heard sung is a providentially placed roadblock in the sinners pathway to H-e-l-l . Sadly, most will shut a deaf ear to them, turn a blind eye to them, and even mock and ridicule them to their own damnation. Sinner, look and listen the next time you encounter the Cross. It tells you that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and that 2,000 plus years ago the Sinless Jesus Died on Such a Cross and Shed His Blood to Pay For Your Sins that you would not have to die and go to a Devil’s H-e-l-l for Eternity!!

“I OWED A DEBT I COULD NOT PAY; HE PAID A DEBT HE DID NOT OWE!!”

That is the message of Calvary.

CONCLUSION:

The story is told of a Court Jester (Clown) during the Dark Ages, when they were called Fools. A particular Fool so entertained his King that the King honored him with the gift of his Staff, and told him to keep it until he met a bigger fool (clown) than he, then he was to pass it on to him.

Months later the Jester was summoned to the bedside of his dying King. As he stood by his bedside he began to question his King;

My King, what is the matter? The King replied; I am going on a long trip.

My King, where are you going? The King again replied, I do not know!

My King, how long will you be gone? I shall not return, replied his King.

My King, Have you made preparation for your journey? No! The King replied.

The Jester said to his King; “You are telling me that you are going on a long trip, from which you will never return and you have made no preparation?” The King said; “I guess that is so”.

The Jester handed the Staff back to his King with these words. “Here is my staff I have finally met a man who is a bigger Fool than I.”

There is no more Foolish Finish to a Life than to go to H-E-L-L after all the Roadblocks that God has put in man’s way.

INVITATION:

Don’t Forget That H-e-l-l Is a Fact, don’t be sidetracked, nor deceived by liars and false prophets, no matter how distasteful you may find the subject, deal with it, and get it settled with you and Jesus before it is everlastingly too late to do so!! Do not forget what a Frightening Future awaits all who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior. An Eternal Punishment, filled with Unbelievable Pain, Unheard Petitions, an Unusual Population, people you shun on earth, you be forced to share H-e-l-l with for eternity. You must not forget the Unbearable Partings you will face in the world of the damned.

The saddest part about H-e-l-l is no one that is there had to go there. Jesus loved them and died for them and did everything possible to keep them from going there. It didn’t have to happen. The damned torments will no doubt be compounded by that one thought that will eternally ring through their minds; “IT DID NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN, I DIDN’T HAVE TO COME HERE, TIME AND TIME AGAIN JESUS TRIED TO SAVE ME, BUT, I REFUSED TO LISTEN. WHAT A FOOL I WAS, WHAT A FOOL I WAS, WHAT A FOOL I WAS!!”

Do not be a FOOL Come to Jesus NOW while you still have a chance. TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. Tomorrow you may be in H-E-L-L, THE ETERNAL ABODE OF THE LOST!!! The Question today is what you will do with Jesus!! If you continue to reject Him and die lost there will be no question what He will do with you!! H-E-L-L AWAITS YOU!!!

 

~Jack Woodard

[1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4]

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CHRISTIAN HUNTING

 

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CHRISTIAN HUNTING
1. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any “of this way (of The Way)”, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
[Acts 9:1,2]

Before the Apostle Paul was saved (Saul) his favorite sport was Christian Hunting.

If a man goes bear hunting, it’s not hard for him to recognize a bear when he sees one, but how did Saul recognize a Christian when he saw one? It was most certainly by the Way they were living (disciples of the Lord).
They were not shy to openly live for Jesus in a hostile world.

1. Their Separation

I’m sure when Saul went looking for Christians that there were several places that he never wasted his time and energies searching. There is no doubt that there existed places where the sinful spent their time socializing and fulfilling their sinful lusts and Saul knew that Christians were not to be found in such places.
From the look at today’s shrinking Church attendance you can be sure that you could find more professing Christians in such places than you could find fellowshipping and worshiping together.

2. Their Profession

Their Profession made them easily distinguishable from their contemporaries. Everything about them loudly professed that they were followers of Jesus.

Their separation was a profession of their Christian faith to their neighbors. Their baptism and identity with the local Church professed to all that they were Christians. Their daily soul-winning professed to all that they were Christians. Where and how they spent their money was a profession of faith. Their dress was a profession of their Christian faith. Their sexual purity was a profession of their faith to their immoral society. Their family life was a profession of their faith. Their children were a strong profession of their Christian faith to their neighbors. Their willingness to endure suffering and privation for Jesus, their Savior and Lord, was an unmistakable profession of their faith in Jesus.

The average professing Christian in America today are like salt that has lost its flavor and value through contamination with the world around them. Few things in their life profess a true Christian faith. Few who profess Jesus as Lord are willing to endure any type of suffering or self-denial for Jesus.
Most of the world doesn’t see a follower of Christ when they look at many professing Christians, they see someone who is just like themselves. They see a hypocrite.

3. Their Courageousness

If Saul ever entertained any doubts about whether any of his victims were Christians or not, their courageousness would put an end to all of his doubts.

When beaten and dragged from their homes, ripped apart from their families, we don’t read of any of these genuine Saints begging for mercy, renouncing Jesus, or having nervous breakdowns. Their courage and boldness removed all doubts that their were true, unashamed followers of Christ.

Sadly, that same courage is largely missing in the Church today. Political Correctness and Christian persecution is creating a great falling away in the Church today. Courage is not an adjective that you could use to describe the vast majority of those who at one time made a profession of faith in Jesus.
We don’t find many Daniels among us. Not many fearless Prophets fill our pulpits. The sad fact is that the Church in the Book of Acts looks nothing like today’s Church. Their courage, their bold profession, and their undeniable separation from the world around is foreign to today’s Church.

True Christians were not hard for Saul to find and recognize, they were the ones whose bold difference made them stick out from their godless contemporaries.

This vast difference between them and us makes it clear that many profession Christians among us are not truly Born Again followers of Jesus. The Church roll has become our greatest prospect list.
If anyone was Christian hunting today, would it be easy for them to recognize you as a Christian?
~Jack Woodard

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LAWLESSNESS

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TITLE: LAWLESSNESS
TEXT: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

INTRODUCTION:
Many of us are watching what looks like the total breakdown of law and order in our land, as well as the corruption throughout our institutions and we are telling ourselves that the Coming of Jesus must be soon.

We find in 2 Thessalonians that the Thessalonians were living in similar days, days that were so lawless that some were saying that they were in the midst of the Tribulation Period, and times were so bad that many of the Christians in Thessalonica thought that must surely be the case.

It was to these people that the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit grasped the moment to speak to them (and us) about the subject of Lawlessness in the world.

1. THE PRESENT LAWLESSNESS (V.7 “…doth already work…)

A. Lawlessness is Nothing New to Today

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, rebellion against the laws of God and man

has been a part of everyday life. Wherever you find humans you will find rebellion against the Word of God and the established order of the day.

History is littered with periods of great rebellion and lawless leaders that have led their nations to horrible destruction.

B. Lawlessness Is Not Unique to America

Sometimes I think we in America live in a bubble and forget that there are others in the world besides us. We tend to forget that it is not only the nation of America that is part of God’s redemptive plan and is playing a part in His timetable to bring about history’s conclusion.
We are not the only rebels in the world. As hard as it may be for us to believe, we may not even be the worst rebels in the world.

C. Lawlessness Is to Have a Unique Period (V.2 “…the Day of the Lord…”; V. 8 “…then…”)

Even though periods of lawlessness have ebbed and flowed throughout the history of the world, we are told that there will come a time when lawlessness will grip the whole world as never before and it will not ebb, there will be no revival or reprieve, but will only continue to increase until iniquity will abound throughout the world. There will be a time when Satan and his Anti-Christ will take absolute rule over much of the world and when they do, there will be complete lawlessness and a complete breakdown of all the order and laws that has held civilization together.

2. THE PUZZLING LAWLESSNESS (V. 7 “…the mystery of iniquity…”)

So many are completely puzzled by the breakdown of law and order that is sweeping our nation and what seems to be taking place throughout the whole world.

For example, we look at the homosexual movement that has swept through nearly every nation in the world and we ask ourselves; can the homosexuals be that organized? Is there a secret headquarters this group is working out of that we don’t know about? Is there a supreme leader of this movement that has kept himself hidden?
The answer to those questions is both yes and no. Even though the homosexual community is well organized, I don’t believe that there is a worldwide collusion taking place. I don’t believe they have a world headquarters or one supreme leader. This is the unseen spirit of Satan and his demons working behind scenes throughout the world to stir rebellion, distrust, and anarchy in the people that belong to him.

A. The Universal Rebellion of Today

I have never witnessed such universal upheaval around the world as I am seeing today. It seems that the whole world is now in a state of chaos. The old order has been replaced by the new rebellion.

B. The Ultimate Rebellion of Today

Many people refuse to face the truth, but homosexuality is the ultimate rebellion against God. When God gives you up (Romans 1:26), it is because you have gone as far as you can go.

Never in the history of mankind have we seen so many people, so many nations, and so many religions embrace this evil as we are seeing today. And it is not a coincidence that at the same time we are watching, “the nations raging and the peoples imagine a vain thing… saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalms 2:2, 3) There is certainly an undeniable correlation between the two.

C. The Unifying Rebellion of Today

The homosexual movement is the most unifying movement I have ever witnessed. I know that it is a polarizing issue, but every non-Muslim and non-Communist nation around the world have a majority of its people that have embraced this ultimate evil and are willing to zealously defend and promote it as well.

This rebellion that is so universal, so unifying and centered around the ultimate sin, can only be a sign of how close we are to the Day of the Lord. The day when the Church will be raptured, and Satan will have free reign upon the earth for a period of 7 years.

3. THE PERSONIFIED LAWLESSNESS (Vs. 3 “… that man of sin…” Vs. 8)

The world has seen some very evil people and national leaders, who Satan has used to wreak death and havoc upon the world, but the world has never seen such a lawless leader as the one who is soon to be revealed, the very Anti-Christ himself, the very embodiment of Satan in one evil and ruthless leader. The Scriptures paint a clear portrait of just how evil this man will be.

A. He Will Be Pompous (vs.4 “…showing himself that he is God)

Daniel 11:37 tells us that he will “…magnify himself above all.”

B. He Will Be Perverted (Daniel 11:37 “…nor the desire for women…”)

I know that many do not believe that speaks of the Anti-Christ as being a homosexual, but in light of the world’s embracing of homosexuality and rejection of the Christian faith, it is not hard to see a day when you will not be able to gain the support of the people unless you were an avowed homosexual. With homosexuality being so politically correct in this day and seeing the Anti-Christ is the ultimate rebel, it is difficult to see how such a lawless figure would not be a homosexual.

C. He Will Be Powerful (vs. 2:9 “…with all power…”)

Jesus for a period of time will allow the Anti-Christ to have absolute power over this rebellious earth. Those who have chosen to reject the benevolent rule of Jesus will be enslaved and tormented by the cruel rule of the Anti-Christ. Man will be helpless to overcome his evil and all those who choose to reject him in favor of Jesus will be martyred for the defiance of the Anti-Christ (Revelations 6:9; 13:7-9)

D. He Will Be Pitiless (Revelation 13:7 “…to overcome them…”)

He will be ruthless. There will not be an ounce of human kindness in him.
I have read where Hitler, a man that slaughtered millions, while in his bunker, with the Russians on his door step decided to kill himself by taking a cyanide pill, before taking it himself he first gave it to his beloved German Shepherd dog. His dog quickly died and witnesses said that when Hitler saw his dog was dead that he wailed and mourned and was inconsolable. It’s hard to believe that a man who had no pity for the millions of humans he slaughtered would have it for his dog.

You can be sure that the Anti-Christ would not mourn the death of even his dog. He will be without pity upon all whom he rules. How frightening it is to think one could be subjected to such evil, but that is exactly what will be the fate of all who willfully reject Jesus and are left behind after He raptures His Church. One taken and one left. Oh, how horrible is the fate of those who are left behind.

4. THE PUNISHED LAWLESSNESS (Vs. 8 “…shall consume…shall destroy…”, Vs. 11,12)

The time for lawlessness is limited. The good news for the righteous is that Jesus is Coming to rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27) The bad news for the rebellious is that Jesus is Coming to rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27). God is now allowing this lawlessness to bring about His purposes, but He has already set a date in which he will intervene to punish the lawless and to establish His absolute rule upon the earth.

A. The Anti-Christ Will Be Destroyed at His Coming (vs. 8; Revelation 19:20; 20:10)

B. The Anti-Christ’s Followers Will Be Destroyed at His Coming (Revelation 15:9-11; Revelation 19:21; 20:15)

C. The Anti-Christ’s False Prophet Will Be Destroyed (Revelation 19:20; 20:10)

D. The Anti-Christ’s Father Will Be Dethroned (Revelation 20:1-3)

i. Incarcerated in the Bottomless Pit for a 1,000 years (Revelation 20:30
ii. Incarcerated in the Lake of Fire for Eternity (Revelation 20:10)

CONCLUSION:
This is the day of lawlessness. Satan and his spiritual forces are sowing rebellion and discord against God as never before. The time of the Rapture of the True Church and the subsequent revelation of the Anti-Christ is surely at hand.

This is also the day of salvation. Jesus is still extending saving grace to every rebel and to those who are willing to repent and submit to Jesus and trust Him and Him alone for salvation, believing the blood shed at Calvary was for your sins, for your years of rebellion. The door of mercy is still open, but it is soon to shut upon the rebels once for all.

This may be the day the door of salvation shuts upon you. You never know will the end will come, whether by death, by sinning away your day of grace, or by the rapture, the door will shut upon you one day and it will be shut eternally.

Your security and salvation is not found in your Religion, in your own self-righteousness, nor in your Church, but only in the Person of Jesus Christ.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life; NO man cometh unto the father but by Me.” [John 14:6]
“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.” [Romans 10:13]

This may come as a shock to you religious souls that have never come to Jesus for salvation. You that believe that you are a Christian because you belong to a certain Church, or because you belong to a Christian Religion and not a religion such as Islam, Buddha, etc., or because you have been baptized or confirmed, your rejection of Jesus for your own religion or your own works, makes you the most lawless rebel of them all. You are clearly defying the clear Word of God in favor of your own self-willed religion and you are going to be left behind at the rapture and go to hell and the lake of fire just as sure as the Anti-Christ will.

In days like these be very sure. If you know that there has never truly been a time when you by an act of your will, have repented and come to Jesus alone for salvation, now is the time to do so. Now is the ONLY time you are assured of. An hour from now it may be too late. Flee to Jesus for a refuge from the wrath to come.

~Jack Woodard

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A NATION HAS FULLY FORSAKEN THE LORD.

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TITLE: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A NATION HAS FULLY FORSAKEN THE LORD.

TEXT: “And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles”
[1 Samuel 8:18-20]

Nothing may so reveal the spiritual state of America as her people’s choice for their President. God sees our choice as a decision of not only being for or against one of the candidates, but also as either being for Him or against Him.
As we see in Israel’s demand for a King, the Lord takes our choice PERSONAL. It shows Him if we are still willing to live under His rule, or have we reached the point that we have fully rejected Him.
1 Samuel 8 gives us three signs of a nation that now wishes to be a Godless Nation.

#1. A GODLESS NATION COMES TO THE POINT THAT THEY REJECT THE LORD’S RULE OVER THEM.
[1 Sam.8:7 “…they have rejected me…”; Vs.18,20; “…the king you have chosen…]

Israel no longer wanted the Lord’s rule over their lives, His Word was too constraining, they wanted to have a man of their choice, one that was worldly (vs.5, …a king like…all the nations.]
The results of this rebellion will lead to:

A. A Purge of the Christian Faith

The nation’s Christian history, her Christian symbols, her Christian activities will be purged from their midst. They will no longer want a challenge to their rebellion, or leave roots to grow again in the future.
Anyone that has been paying attention has watched our nations crusade to purge the Christian Faith from every institution in our nation.

B. A Persecution of the Faithful Christian

Not every Christian will feel the sting of persecution, but those who chose to live godly (2 Timothy 3:12) will pose a threat to the wicked and the opposition and persecution will only grow as the wicked increase.
We will see the persecution take 3 main forms:

1. In the Labels They Give Us:

The wicked will attempt to stigmatize the righteous with such labels as, HATER, BIGOTS, and PHOBICS. We are seeing this today as never before.

2. In the Laws They Will Use Against Us:

Like the enemies of Daniel (Daniel 6), they will create laws that outlaw the Christian Faith, and make a criminal of the Christian, knowing that the faithful Christian will obey God rather than man. They will use these laws to persecute the faithful.
We are seeing civil rights laws used against bakers, etc., in attempt to silence us and shut us down.
We are seeing prayer and the Bible now outlawed in the public square. Christianity is the only Faith that is now nearly outlawed within our nation.

3. In the Lobbying They Will Use Against Us.

Obama and other godless people in our nation can never speak without making negative insinuations against Christians. These remarks are a deliberate attempt to lobby and influence the American people to turn against the Christian Faith and the faithful

C. A Promotion of the Vile and Wicked and Their Practices

“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are an abomination to the Lord”
[Proverbs 17:15]

I never thought I would ever live to see my President and nation justify the homosexual and their practices, while at the same time condemning the faithful Christian who still has the courage of their convictions and are willing to publicly stand against this evil, but that is where we are at today in America.


#2. A GODLESS NATION WILL REJECT ITS GODLY (CHRISTIAN) HERITAGE and IDENTITY.

[Vs.20a “…be like all the nations…”]

Israel understood that they were a nation distinct from all other nations. They believed that the one true God had created the nation for Himself and His special purposes. They believed that they were an exceptional nation. They prided themselves on being God’s Chosen People, and when they would forget that fact and go into idolatry and immorality, their God was always quick to chasten them as a means to reminding them of who they were and whose they were, but now they rejected their proud heritage and desired to be just like the rest of the pagan nations around them.

The America of my childhood believed that we too were a special people. We believed that we were an exceptional nation because of our being a CHRISTIAN NATION. We believed our founders were godly men, our history honored them as such. We were proud of that fact, we fought wars to assure we had the freedom to maintain our Christian heritage. We felt it our duty to spread our values to other nations, so they may become like us. We sent Christian Missionaries around the world not only to see souls saved, but to see our God bless their nation as He had blessed us as a nation.

Today in America our founders and our history are maligned. Our young people are now taught our founders were evil and greedy men. We too have rejected our Christian heritage and our belief in being an exceptional nation among the nations of the world. We like Israel, want to be like the rest of the nations that we fought a revolution to separate ourselves from.

Today we have a President that constantly tells us how bad our Christian heritage has been and ou and out lies to us and tells us how great a part the Muslim faith played in the history of our nation.

Like Israel, America has now rejected her Christian Heritage and identity and wish only to be like the failed nations of Europe.

1. We No Longer Pride Ourselves On Being a Christian Nation.

2. We No Longer Promote Our Christian Values to Other Nations

When Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State she spent much of her time traveling the world promoting homosexuality to the nations of the world. How tragic has been the fall of this great nation.

3. We No Longer Perceive God’s Chastening and Warnings

[“…fighting our battles…” vs. 30]

When the nation of Israel was founded the Lord had promised His Covenant Nation peace and prosperity in exchange for their obedience and commitment to Him, but He also promised them pestilence, famines, and the sword (war) if they were to forsake them.

In the time of the Judges (Samuel was Israel’s last Judge) Israel was a nation repeatedly in rebellion against the Lord and being true to His Word, the Lord would raise up their pagan neighbors to be the rod by which He would chasten them. Her pagan neighbors would rise up and declare war upon them and at times it would take decades, but when the misery index become so high, Israel would realize that their misfortunes were the chastening of the Lord for their rebellion against Him and they would then repent and return to the Lord. The Lord would then raise up a Judge and lead the nation to a military victory over their foes and peace and prosperity would once again be restored to the nation.

As we see in verse 20, the nation at this very point was fighting battles as they spoke, but they didn’t perceive it to be the chastening of the Lord. As this point they didn’t desire to return to the Lord, their desire was to fully reject the Lord. They had gotten to the point where they could no longer connect their misfortunes to the Lord’s chastening for their rebellion against Him.

America too has seen plenty of misfortunes in the last two decades, yet the people will not receive correction. If one were to be so bold as to tell the nation that our wars and our financial troubles were the Lord’s chastening for nation’s rebellion against the Lord, they would be ridiculed and cursed by most of America. We would say that God is to good to do anything like that to us, but what they would really mean is, that we are too good for God to do such a thing to us, but the reality is, we are too evil and God is too good, not to be chastening us in this evil day.


#3. A GODLESS NATION NO LONGER LOOKS TO GOD, BUT TO GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE and PROTECT THEM.

[Vs, 20b “…may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.”]

A godless nation will be one where the people want a big government and a little God. Israel wanted a King to provide their protection and prosperity. As a rebellious nation, they no longer wanted to have their peace and prosperity tied to their obedience to God. They wanted a Big Government to take care of them no matter how evil they would become.

At this point such a nation has a bleak outlook for their future.

1. They Become a Welfare State, a Nation of Government Dependents.


2. They Become a Nation with Continual Conflicts From Within and Without.

[“…our battles…” vs. 20]

You will notice the Scripture speaks of their battle(s), plural. They were a nation with continual internal and external conflicts.

Today in America we to are plagued with serious external and internal conflicts like never before in our history. In the Revolutionary War our conflicts were with a foreign Government, but our nation was mostly united. In the Civil War the conflict was internal, we weren’t facing serious external conflicts at the same time we were fighting each other.

These conflicts are nothing more than a Word from the Lord of His displeasure with our nation and they will only grow more severe if we do not repent and return to Jesus and do it soon.

3. They Become a Nation That No Longer Has God’s Favor, Nor Can Any Longer Depend Upon God’s Miraculous Intervention on Their Behalf.

[“…the Lord will not hear you in that day…vs.18]

In the America of my childhood their permeated throughout the nation a sense among her people, that no matter what we faced as a nation that God would sooner or later come through a provide us with a miracle to solve it. Whether it was a disease, a war, a drought, etc., we believed we were God’s people and we could count upon His favor, no matter what!

America no longer has that sense of hope and optimism, we no longer believe in God and the truth is, that for far too long our sins have separated us from God [Isaiah 59:1-15]. Our younger generations have never experienced the true favor of God upon our nation. They have not been a witness to the God of miracles.

We have not only forsaken God, but the frightful truth may be, that at this point God may have very well forsaken us. We will see oasis of revival break out here and there within our nation. We may see God bless His faithful like they have never known, but as a nation, we no longer have God’s favor, nor can we any longer depend upon God’s miraculous intervention to save us. Those days are gone and will never return unless we as a nation are willing to repent and return to Jesus with all of our heart.

CONCLUSION:

Israel wanted a King and the Lord allowed them to have one, but not before warning them that they would come to a day that they may have gotten what they wanted, but they would not want what they got.

We too have gotten what we wanted, but the sad thing is that we still want what we got. Just this week I heard a news report that stated that President Obama’s approval rating is as high as it has ever been. Does that sound like a nation ready to repent and return to the Lord? NO, it sounds like a nation that is headed for a time of judgment such as we have never seen before.

What are we to do?

  1. To face our future, every Christian must purge their lives of any and every sin and draw closer to Jesus than you have ever been. You will not be able to stand in the evil days ahead without the power of God upon your life and Jesus will not share His power with those to whom He is not Lord of ALL. We must pray as never before. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak and the battle will be lost without the power than can only come through intense prayer.

2. To face our future, every Christian must make it their goal to be salt and light to our nation. We are its only hope. By are good witness, you can be sure some will be saved out of this evil generation.

3. To face our future, we must make an attempt to win as many souls to Christ as possible. We are called in this hour to snatch lost sinners from the fires of judgment before it is everlastingly too late for them.

4. To face our future, we must be always encouraged by the Blessed Hope. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ” [Titus 2:13}

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice.
Let your moderation (appropriate behavior; gentle, considerate) be known to all men. THE LORD IS AT HAND!” [Philippians 4:4,5]

~Jack Woodard

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DANGEROUS BUSINESS

Defile Temple

DANGEROUS BUSINESS
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are”.
[1 Corinthians 3:16,17]

The local Church at Corinth was a troubled Church, about everything that shouldn’t be going on within a local Church was not only going on, but was having a destructive impact upon the Church.

In verses 16 & 17 the Apostle Paul gives a solemn warning to those individuals within the local Church that were literally destroying the Church; God would repay in like kind. If they destroy the Church, which is Holy unto the Lord, God would certainly destroy them in return.

This warning, this threat, this promise from the Lord has not been revoked and is still applicable to those within the local Church today.

It is Dangerous Business to tear up your local Church and everyone member should have it clearly spelled out to them those things they can do that would play a part in destroying their Church.

Strong’s Concordance says the word “Defile” means to, Shrivel, to Wither, to Ruin, to Destroy. All over our nation we are seeing many Churches who were once vibrant and growing have now shriveled up and withered away to almost nothing and many have died altogether.

We can attempt to blame this on The Times we live in, or The World around us, but the hard truth is that the only ones to blame are those within us. The Church has always thrived in hard times and when the world has persecuted her, but she has not an cannot survive the tolerance of those within her that are destroying her from within. The lack of Church discipline has given these destructive forces a free hand to do their dirty work and the only reason the Lord hasn’t killed more of them than He has is because the Lord has left them to be thorns in the sides of those good people who have tolerated them and failed to be good stewards of the local Church.

Let’s look at several ways one can destroy their local Church and be warned.

I. HOW DOES ONE DESTROY GOD’S TEMPLE?

1. By Attacking Her Pastor
(1 Cor. 4:3; 9-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14a)

2. By Abandoning Her Purpose (Matthew 28:18-20)

3. By Admixture Of Her People
(Matthew 13:36-43; 1 Cor.5:9-13; 6:9-11)

4. By Abasing Her Purity (Matthew 5:13; 1 Corinthians 3:17)

5. By Annulling Her Precepts (Mark 7:6-13; 1 Cor. 3:19)

6. By Absence of Your Presence
(1 Cor. 14:23; Hebrews 10:25)

7. By Abating Her Power (Acts 1:8; Zechariah 4:6)

II. HOW DOES GOD DESTROY THOSE WHO DESTROY HIS TEMPLE? (Numbers 16:31-33)

In Numbers 16 we are told of a despicable character named Korah, whose actions threatened the Church in the Wilderness (Acts 7:38 – the first generation wilderness children). 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that God made examples out of this generation, to be a warning to the generations to follow of the probability of the same thing happening to them if they follow in their steps.

Korah is a prime example of what happens to those whose actions are destructive to the Temple of God.

1. The Offender Will Destroy Their Family (Numbers 16:32 – “…their houses”)

2. The Offender Will Destroy Their Finances (Numbers 16:32 – “…their goods”)

3. The Offender Will Destroy Their Friends (Numbers 16:32,35 – “…all the men that appertained unto Korah”)
Korah’s friends that he influenced to follow him in his folly were destroyed along with him.

4. The Offender Will Destroy Their Future (Numbers 16:33 – “…they perished from among the congregation.)

God killed him. The future for those who destroy the Temple of God is precarious at best. It is dangerous business to divide and destroy the Temple of God!

CONCLUSION:

Few Pastors have not been a first hand witness to destructive forces within their congregations and few Pastors have not seen the destruction that these people have brought upon themselves and others as well as upon the Church.

It is a dangerous business to destroy the Temple of God. Some may say that there are many such people they have seen harm the Church and yet they continue on as if they have done nothing wrong.

In that case there are a couple of things that need to be considered.
First, God’s Word will come to pass. They may have seemed to have gotten away with it, but I can assure you that God has not forgotten their evil and one day when they least expect it, the wrath of God will fall upon them and theirs. Fret not, wait upon the Lord.

Secondly, those who have not been punished of the Lord are probably lost people and not the Child of God (Hebrews 12:8), but one day they will have to answer for their evil, if not in this life, certainly they will answer in the next life.

Jesus loves His Church and gave Himself for it. The warning needs to be sounded anew to this rebellious generation that God will not allow you to destroy her and go unpunished.

That warning is not only for the problem Church member, but for the Politician, the President, the Perverts and all others who are so emboldened today that they feel that they can attack the Church and eventually shut her up and even shut her down. Anyone who would be so foolish as to harm (or attempt to harm) God’s Temple can be sure their days will be few and full of trouble. Jesus is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
~Jack Woodard
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SOUL WINNING 101

SOWER of the SEED

TITLE: SOUL WINNING 101
TEXT: MARK 4:1-25

Jesus tells us in verse 13 of the Parable of the Sower (or Seed) that if we do not understand this parable then we will never understand any of the other things that He teaches us in His other parables. It is like buttoning a shirt, if you don’t get the first button right, the rest of the buttons are unable to line up.

1. The Sower is Jesus and those who share the Word of God
2. The Seed is the Word of God the Sower Broadcasts
3. The Soils represent the hearts of mankind and their different responses to the Word of God

I. THE HEARTS WHICH the SOWER WILL ENCOUNTER (Mark 2-9; 14-20)

A.The Calloused Heart (4:3;13)

Those who absolutely no interest or appreciation for the Word of God

B. The Casual Heart (4:4; 16,17)

Those who show interest in the message, but are not serious or truly repentant.

C. The Cluttered heart (4:7; 18,19)

Like the Casual Heart, these are the people who give lip service to Jesus, but have never truly repented and who still have their hearts filled with self interests that compete with the Word of God and leave no place for the Word of God in their lives.

D. The Committed Heart (4:8; 20)

These are those whom the Word of God has enlightened to see the reality who Jesus is, their spiritual condition, the choice of eternities. These are those who truly repent and commit their heart to Jesus and their lives to following Him and obeying His Word.

II. THE HEARTS WHICH the SEED WILL ENLIGHTEN (4:5-8; 16-20)

You will notice that it was only the Calloused Heart (wayside soil) that showed no understanding and appreciation for the Word of God. Even though the Causal Heart and the Cluttered Heart were not serious, they did show an initial understanding and appreciation of the Word of God, just as the Committed Heart did.

III. THE HEART to WHICH the SEED WILL BECOME an ENIGMA
(4:4; 12; 14)

What had happened to make the Calloused Heart so hardened  that it had no ability to understand the Word of God? What happened to the Calloused Heart that it no longer had any interest in hearing the Word of God?  What happened to the Calloused Heart that it had even become antagonistic towards Word of God? What happened to the Calloused Heart that he now said to himself that the Word of God was for the birds?

The answer is simple, like Pharaoh hardened his heart by continually rejecting the commands of God which Moses delivered, so has this person done and as the Lord finally and deliberately hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would never be able to repent and be saved, so does the Lord warn that He will do to all of those who follow in his steps.

“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind” [John 9:39]

John 9:39 tells us that when a person willfully rejects the Word of God a judicial blindness begins to take place, where it gets more difficult from then on to be capable of recognizing and responding to truth, until you finally come to the point where you will become totally blind to truth. That is the person with the calloused heart.

I have heard many commentators talk about how the hardened heart needs to be softened, but there is little doubt that the hard heart that Jesus is speaking of here had at one time been the Casual or Cluttered heart who had made a shallow decision for Jesus, but became hardened as they took offense that Jesus would allow suffering to enter their life, or as in the case of the Cluttered Heart, they became hardened by the constant competition between obeying their flesh or the Word of God. Taking offense towards Jesus and constantly denying the Word of God to gratify their flesh had hardened their hearts to the point that they finally totally rejected Jesus and any desire to obey His Word. They finally came to the point that the Lord knew that they had become so hardened that they were never going to be willing to be saved. Just as the wayside soil became hardened by months and years of people walking upon it, so had their hearts become hardened by months and years of their trampling upon the Word of God.

CONCLUSION:

Too often the modern day sowers of the Word are guilty of telling their hearers that there is nothing they can do that will cause God to stop loving them, leaving them with the impression that there is no danger in their continual rejection of Jesus and the message of the Gospel; there will always be time and space to repent when they come to that point, not realizing that every time they reject Jesus the chances lessen that they will ever come to that point.

There is grave danger in willful rejection of Jesus and I think as we see the hardness towards the Word of God of generations of once enlightened Americans, we must conclude that it is quite probable that Jesus has purposely and permanently hardened their hearts and blinded their eyes to truth and abandoned them to judgment.

The Word of God has become a Enigma (unable to understand) to much of America. There is a hardness and hostility in our nation towards the Word of God that I have never before seen in my 36 years of preaching th Gospel.

The Church and especially her preachers need to go back to Soul Winning 101 and get a grip on what we are seeing in our nation. We need to once again declare the Grace of God that leaves a sinner at the mercy of God and stop giving the sinner the impression that they have God at their mercy.

We need to redouble our efforts to reach a generation that is still tender and open to receiving the Gospel and yes, we must be realistic, that millions of Americans have now SINNED AWAY THEIR DAY OF GRACE.

Maybe this should be the next sermon you preach to your people. It would do them no harm to put the fear of God in their hearts once again; God help the preacher who fails to do so!
~Jack Woodard

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WHEN JESUS SEES YOUR FAITH IN HIM

Jesus heals a paralytic man lowered from the roof Mark 2:1-12

Jesus heals a paralytic man lowered from the roof Mark 2:1-12

WHEN JESUS SEES YOUR FAITH IN HIM

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven you.” [Mark 2:5]

This poor paralytic was fortunate to have four Christian friends who really believed in Jesus. It seems clear from Jesus’ response that He knew the four were not only burdened about this man’s physical condition, but they were mostly interested in seeing him saved and having his sins forgiven. To them, as it was with Jesus, it was first things first, salvation of the soul and then the healing of the body.

Jesus saw “their” faith in Him, not just the four, but the paralytic’s four friends had convinced him that Jesus was the Savior and that he needed to have Jesus to forgive him for his sins and save him and now he was willing to be, if they would just help him get to Jesus. That’s what it is to be a soul winner, convincing the lost that they are a sinner in need of Jesus and doing whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus.

This is not only an example of a soul winner, but soul winning is itself an example of truly having faith in Jesus. How can one claim he is a believer and not do all they can to bring their poor lost friends and family to Jesus.

The amazing thing is that the very trouble they went through to get to Jesus was all the evidence that Jesus needed to convince Him that they were placing their faith in Him and Him alone for salvation and whatever He would choose to do about the man’s affliction.

Are any of your friends and family still unbelievers in Jesus because you have not attempted to convince them that they are lost and in need of Jesus to save them? Are they still lost because you have done little, or nothing to bring them to Jesus?

When Jesus looks at their unbelief does He also see your unbelief? If you would begin to demonstrate your faith in Jesus, He may see these lost friends and family members come to Him in faith for salvation and as sure as Jesus forgave and saved the paralytic, so would He save them. Maybe it’s your unbelief that is the stumbling block to the lost around you! When was the last time you attempted to lead a soul to Jesus? We have a nation of lost souls, just pick one and go to work and why not do it today!
~Jack Woodard

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THE LAST DAYS and the WORD of GOD

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TITLE: THE LAST DAYS and THE WORD OF GOD
TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-17

INTRODUCTION
A man’s last words are always interesting to hear and often times it is important that those to whom they are spoken listen and heed them. That is certainly true of the Apostle Paul’s last words to Timothy and to every Christian in every generation.
As the Apostle Paul faced what he knew would be his final days upon the earth he chose to write about THE LAST DAYS and the BIBLE. He describes those days and the importance that the Word of God was to play in the life of the Christian as they faced those trying times.
As we look at the Apostle Paul’s description of those days, we can’t help but to conclude that this generation of Christians may be the last generation, the generation that are living in perilous times and to no other generation may Paul’s last words be more meaningful.

1. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MORAL DETERIORATION
(2 Tm 3:1;13)

2. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MUCH DIFFICULTY (2 Tm 3:1; 8; 12)

A. The Perilous Times (v.v.1;12)
B. The People’s Traits (v.v.)

i. Their Loves (v.v.2;4)

a. Their Own Selves (v.2)
b. Material Wealth (v. 2 covetous)
c. Worldly Pleasures (v.4)

ii. Their Lifestyles (v.v.2-5)

3. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MANY DECEIVERS
(2 Tm 3:6-13; Matthew 24:4,5)

A. The Origin of These Deceivers (v.6; 2 Tm 4:3,4) “For of this sort…”

Spiritual leaders will be chosen from among the type of people that the Apostle Paul has just warned us about. These are the types of people that the nations will follow in these last days. Holy men will be rejected in favor of their own kind.

B. The Operation of These Deceivers (v.6) “Creep into houses…”

As Satan by-passed Adam (God’s established authority) and went after Eve (Genesis 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:13,14), who was more easily deceived, likewise shall Satan’s servants work in these days and no doubt what passes for Christian Television will be a main tool to reach those women who reject God’s Word and are attempting to clear a guilty conscience apart from repentance and trusting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The most dangerous TV today is Christian TV and that should not surprise us. If Satan wanted to lead people astray, would not his easiest target be those who are searching for spiritual contentment and would not they be more likely to be watching Christian TV more than any other in their quest?

The less this world becomes a man’s world and the more it becomes a woman’s world, the easier it will become for Satan to deceive and like Eve, use the deceived to seduce the masses and even their own mates.

C. The Objects of These Deceivers (v.6) “…silly women”
(Refer to the Operation of These Deceivers)

D. The Opposition of These Deceivers (v.8)

Deceivers always reject and oppose the Word of God and those men of God who faithfully preach the Truth of God’s Word. The Word of God and those who preach it will be the main objects of these deceiver’s attacks. Preachers today are finding the opposition to them and the Word of God increasing daily.

E. The Outcome of These Deceivers (v.9)
God’s Word cannot be bound and every tongue that rises up against the prophets of God are destined to be brought down in judgment (Isaiah 54:17), just as was were those who opposed Moses.

F. The Overcoming of These Days and Deceivers (v.v.14-16)

i. Stay with the Word of God (v.14) “…continue…”
ii. Study the Word of God (v.v. 15, 16) “…make thee wise…” “…profitable…”
iii. Share the Word of God (v. 17) “…furnished unto all good works…”

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